BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - In the days after floodwaters rushed through the Rocky Mountain foothills, the helicopter crews that lifted stranded people to safety were greeted like heroes. Nearly a week later, they are often being waved away by stubborn mountain residents who refuse to abandon their homes.
Caleb Liesveld says he hiked several miles into tiny Pinewood Springs to try to convince his parents to leave. His mother relented, but his father refused. He's determined to use heavy equipment from the family's granite quarry to resurrect an old stagecoach road that would let residents get vehicles in and out.
In nearby Lyons, a number of residents have hunkered down for the long haul.
Rescue officials attribute the stubbornness to mountain culture and a potential lack of awareness of the extent of devastation.
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