BOULDER - As of Saturday night, more than 1,200 people have been rescued by the national guard and active duty military forces from Fort Carson. The national guard evacuated more than 500 people using high water clearance vehicles from Lyons.
The combined efforts of the national guard helicopter pilots and helicopter pilots from Fort Carson rescued more than 700 people.
"I think what we have going on here in the last 24 hours is the greatest number of Americans rescued by helicopter since hurricane Katrina," said Lt. Colonel Mitch Utterback with the Colorado National Guard during a press conference on Saturday.
We also learned on Saturday that a woman killed in a flood has raised the total of those killed in Boulder County to three. The statewide death toll now stands at four for Colorado flooding.
Police will spend Saturday trying to narrow down the list of the unaccounted for in the county. This number of those unaccounted for in Boulder County stands at 172. It briefly rose to 181 Saturday morning.
Family members and friends have been unable to contact these people. It does not mean they are missing. To report an unaccounted for person, call 303-776-2927.
Hundreds of rescuers from different states are making progress in the area. Intense operations are underway on ground and by air into unreachable areas.
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The City of Boulder is lifting the evacuation order it gave for residents from in homes from the mouth of the Canyon to Broadway and from Pearl to Marine streets. There is a possibility of more rain for the weekend, so returning residents are asked to remain alert and stay tuned for additional instructions, should they become necessary.
At noon on Saturday, Sept. 14, City Manager Jane Brautigam signed an emergency rule that prohibits any person from entering specific parks in the Boulder city limits. These parks have been severely impacted by torrential rains and flooding and are currently unsafe for public use. The park closures listed below will remain in effect until further notice to prevent additional damage to the park properties.
Full park closures
• Boulder Creek Path
• Boulder Reservoir
• Coot Lake
• Crestview Park
• Eben G. Fine Park
• Elks Park
• Knollwood Tennis Courts
• Mapleton Ball Fields
• Pleasant View Fields
• Stazio Ball Fields
• Valmont Bike Park
Partial Park Closures
• Bear Creek Park (bridge is washed out and dangerous)
• Burke Park (partial sidewalk closure)
• Columbia Cemetery (walk along College Avenue is not fully open and headstones have not been assessed)
• East Boulder Community Center (lake access for dog park is closed and walk near lake is impassable)
• Harlow Platts Park (walk near lake is impassable and the disc golf is partially closed)
• Keewayden Park (partial closure of the turf area)
• North Boulder Park (ball fields and playgrounds)
• North Boulder Recreation Center/Olmsted Park (tennis and platform tennis courts near rear walk)
• Scott Carpenter Park (lower turf area and near creek)
• Parkside (underpass closure)
"The decision to close these parks is in response to the extraordinary conditions we are experiencing in our community," Brautigam said. "The park closures are intended to protect community health, safety and welfare, as well as public property."
Kim Kobel with Boulder Police stressed that the danger of this flood is not over. No additional fatalities were reported as of Saturday.
Helicopters were able to fly around 10:30 a.m. on Friday to hopefully help get stranded residents out of the area.
Jane 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 on Thursday.
The declaration allows the city to request necessary support from the state to help the city respond to the torrential rains and flooding that started Weddesday afternoon.
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.
Emergency crews were able to rescue the firefighter. The water caused damage to many buildings.
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Residents in Boulder's University Hill reported flooding in house basements.
Several creeks in Boulder County have flooded, including Left Hand Creek, Four Mile Creek, Coal Creek Creek and Saint Vrain Creek, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.
Boulder Creek is running 10 times its normal rate but remains in its banks. Sirens were going off near the creek to warn people to stay away.
Up to 3.5 inches of rain has already fallen in the area. Flash flooding is also occurring in the Erie, Lafayette and Niwot areas.
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Authorities are asking motorists to stay off the roads. Xcel Energy is reporting more than Boulder-area customers are without power.
Boulder County Government buildings will be closed on Friday as a result of the severe flooding.
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