Thursday, September 12, 2013
Flash flooding in Colorado has left three people dead, and widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities.
The flood waters triggered mudslides and have damaged or washed away at least three buildings in the mountains. They've also caused three cars to plunge into rushing water after a road collapsed in suburban Denver.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle says two people have died in his county.
Colorado Springs spokeswoman Kim Melchor said police conducting flood patrols also found a body in the water on the west side of that city, in El Paso County.
Flash flooding in northern Colorado has left two people dead, and the widespread high waters are keeping rescuers teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities as heavy rains hammer the area.
Boulder Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Gabrielle Boerkircher says volunteers are trying to help stranded people until emergency crews can arrive because many roads are impassable.
Boerkircher says one person died when a structure collapsed in Jamestown. Colorado Springs spokeswoman Kim Melchor says police found another person dead in the water on the city's west side.
National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Kleyla says a 20-foot wall of water was reported in Left Hand Canyon north of Boulder. He says a firefighter radioed he was trapped in a tree, and rescuers were trying to get through.