KUSA - A flash flood emergency Colorado killed at least three people, prompted evacuations and destroyed several roads and highways. Multiple rescues are underway across the state. One person remains missing in Boulder County.
Up to 8 inches fell in an area spanning from the Wyoming border south to the foothills west of Denver. Flooding extended all along the Front Range mountains. There are various Flash Flood Warnings in the area.
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A collapsed home in Jamestown killed one person. Another person was killed by the floods and was found in the 200 block of Linden Drive in Boulder
In a separate incident, Colorado Springs Fire Department recovered a body at South Nevada and Interstate 25 due to the flooding around 5:30 a.m. The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Danny Davis.
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Authorities are reminding people to stay home during the severe flooding. Many emergency workers have pulled several vehicles from the water and streets are shut down all over the state. Please do not go out if you do not need to.
DAMS OVERTOPPING, BREACHING
Boulder County authorities said at least 12 dams have overtopped.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said that Meadow Lake Dam has broken near CR 47. They report extrication operations are underway.
This flooding would impact locations along CR 47 and then downstream to near Pinewood Springs.
The area is sparsely populated.
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Flooding across the state has prompted evacuations after buildings collapsed in Boulder County. Other counties are on pre-evacuation notice as flood waters continue to rise.
Commerce City officials have ordered about 400 residents to leave a neighborhood near the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge after a nearby dam failed and as rain continued to fall in the area.
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BIG THOMPSON RIVER CORRIDOR
Due to rainfall accumulations of one inch per hour plus additional water being released from the Olympus Dam, mandatory evacuations are now in place for residents living along the Big Thompson River Corridor.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said the town of Lyons was cut off because of flooded roads, and residents were huddling together on higher ground. Although everyone was believed to be safe, the deluge was expected to continue into Friday.
The National Guard has reached the town of Lyons and is providing humanitarian aid.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory on behalf of the Town of Lyons due to the flooding. No contamination has been detected. The Town of Lyons issued the boil water advisory as a precaution to protect the public from any possible breach of the drinking water system.
CU-BOULDER CLOSED FRIDAY
Some areas of the University of Colorado-Boulder campus were evacuated to Athens North due to floodwaters. CU is reporting damage to some buildings on campus, but all appear to be structurally sound. All classes at CU-Boulder are canceled Friday.
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FLOODING IN BOULDER COUNTY
Boulder County appeared to be hardest hit. Jim Brautigam, the city manager for the City of Boulder, signed and issued a local disaster and emergency declaration for the area after floodwaters swept through the city.
The Boulder County Sheriff's Office confirmed to 9NEWS that a "wall of water" came down Left Hand Canyon Thursday morning and trapped a firefighter in a nearby tree. Highway 36 at Longmont Dam Road was completely destroyed by the floods.
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Non-stop rain in Larimer County has caused road closures, washouts and damage throughout the High Park burn area.
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Three people had to be rescued when their vehicles were sent into rushing waters following a road collapse Thursday morning.
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The City of Longmont is ordering mandatory evacuations in the Southmoor Park neighborhood. They are instructing people to leave their homes immediately and to move away from Left Hand Creek.
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East Alameda Parkway between South Chambers Road and South Sable Boulevard is completely underwater. Police barricaded the area to prevent any stalled cars. The Aurora area has received anywhere from two to four inches of rain in the span of three hours.
Commerce City, after major major flooding Thursday morning, ordered evacuations for the Fairfax Park neighborhood. There are many road closures causing hazardous conditions throughout the city.
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Thornton continues to be on accident alert. Several roads have closed and a pedestrian bridge has been damaged.
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Denver Police are evacuating Colfax Avenue to 11th Avenue from Verbena Street to Xanthia Street due to high water in the area.
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Firestone Mayor Chad Auer and Frederick Town Manager Matt LeCerf signed into effect on Thursday a disaster declaration for the towns that will now permit the flow of federal, state and county funds to assist in any disaster mitigation efforts as permitted.
FLOOD REPORTS, FLOOD WARNINGS
The map below is being updated and maintained by ESRI, a mapping and data company. The map shows observed flood reports and current flood warnings from NOAA National Weather Service, as well as live precipitation. You can also see geotagged social media from Twitter, Flickr and YouTube related to the tragic flooding:
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Traffic across the state will be impacted as flood waters damage and washout roads.
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