Bloated St. Vrain river pours into yards

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LONGMONT - They stood atop a bridge overlooking the St. Vrain River, mesmerized by its power. Every raindrop that fell from the sky added fuel to its engine, making it stronger and stronger.

"There's more water than I've ever seen in Colorado and I was born here," Laura Stephens said.

In one hand, Stephens clinged to her umbrella. In the other hand she held a digital camera.

"There's lawn chairs in the middle of the field and there's hay bails and cars," Stephens said as she snapped pictures.
What started as a flash flood on Thursday continued to grow in size over the weekend. The bloated St. Vrain river poured over its banks and into people's yards.

It's too difficult to tell how many homes in Longmont were either damaged or destroyed.

In an effort to increase safety in the city, Longmont Officials placed a curfew starting at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday. Police and National Guardsmen planned to monitor areas closely affected by the flood.

"We seem to be beating a lot of records. I'm not sure the ones we want to beat though," Stephens said.

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