Colorado Flooding Claim Four Victims, One Missing: Thousands Evacuate As Rain Continues [SHOCKING PHOTOS, VIDEO]
Forecasters are calling the Colorado flooding the worst in three decades. In Boulder, heavy storms have shattered September rainfall records from 1940. At least 12.3 inches of rain has already fallen in Boulder this month. 73 years ago, the record for September rain was 5.5 inches, less than half the quantity of the epic rainfall that had fallen this past week.. On Thursday, some 4,000 residents were evacuated from the city.
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On Friday, the National Guard dispatched a convoy of high-clearance vehicles to reach Lyons, a Colorado town of approximately 1,600 people, after the town was cut off by flooding that killed three. The Lyons residents were loaded into the truck and evacuated from town. President Barach obama approved federal disaster assistance and will extend funds to aid the region.
"We're still expecting some flooding to occur, but not quite as bad as the last couple of days in terms of the amount of rain that we've been getting," said National Weather Service meteorologist Kari Bowen. According to Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, evacuations are of the utmost importance. Residents are urged to stay out of debris and sand filled floodwaters that may trap them like liquid cement.
The Colorado flooding is extremely severe. Governor Hickenlooper described the natural disaster: "It's got to be the largest storm that I can imagine in the state's history." In fact, meteorologists are comparing the Colorado flooding to an incident that occurred near Boulder in 1976. At the time, a flash flood along the Big Thompson Canyon claimed the lives of 150 people.
At least a dozen of major roads were forced to shut due to significant damages to the road cuased by mudslides and rockfalls. A couple was swept away by floodwaters after they had stopped their vehicle off the side of the road northwest of Boulder. The body of the man has been recovered. The woman is still missing but is feared dead, said Commander Heidi Prentup of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.
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