KUSA - Heavy rains continue to pour down on areas in Colorado already saturated by flood waters. At least three people are reported dead.
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Blunn Reservoir is spilling over as of Friday morning. Ralston Creek also could potentially flood, according to Arvada Police. Dams and retention ponds are filled and are weak due to the rain. Arvada Police say the area will experience flooding.
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner says he is "cautiously optimistic" about the early-morning hours on Friday, especially since the water level in Boulder Creek - while dangerous - is going back down after massive flooding on Thursday.
According to the Commerce City Police Department, the flooding situation did not worsen throughout Thursday evening.
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Aurora and Cherry Creek school will be closed Friday. A dam failure on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge has prompted Commerce City officials to order evacuations.
There are evacuations underway for the Leyden neighborhood of Jefferson County. In that area, a dam is not breaking. Instead, there is too much water coming off the spillway.
Due to flooding in the Poudre River, residents in the Andersonville, Alta Vista and Buckingham neighborhoods of Fort Collins are being strongly urged to evacuate. There is a shelter set up at Timberline Church at 2908 S. Timberline Rd. Residents who do not have transportation should call 970-221-6540. No pets are allowed to evacuate to this shelter.
With flood waters inundating the Longmont area and many residents needing to be rescued on Thursday evening, it came as no surprise when many of the roads were marked as impassable. There is only one road open heading into Longmont. The road is at Interstate 25 and Highway 66 to Main Street.
The National Guard will attempt to get into Lyons Friday morning and evacuate residents after the town was cut off due to flooded roads.
The White House has announced that President Barack Obama approved federal disaster assistance for hard-hit Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the relief effort.
(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)