3 dead as flash flooding hits parts of Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -
Torrential rains flooded parts of Colorado overnight, killing at least three people, damaging homes, forcing evacuations, major road closures and school closures.
The first death was reported late Wednesday night in Jamestown, northwest of Boulder. Multiple buildings were reported to have collapsed in Jamestown and the person who died was trapped in one of the buildings.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department Heavy Rescue personnel recovered the body of a man from the water near Nevada and Las Vegas Streets while conducting flood patrols in the area early Thursday morning, officials tweeted.
The most recently discovered death came from Boulder County. 7NEWS reporter Tyler Lopez was told the body of an adult male was found near Linden Road, in the north part of the county.
"Boulder County is experiencing a disaster today that is broad in scope and very dangerous in nature," said Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle during a 9 a.m. press conference. "We know that we've lost lives. We anticipate that as the day goes on we may discover that we've lost others."
Pelle went on to say that mountain towns were the worst off and deputies have been "frustrated" in reaching them.
Lyons, he said, was totally isolated. Residents there lost sewer and fresh water service. Many there have huddled on high ground, including four deputies.
"We are just now beginning to assess the scope of the damage," Pelle said.
Boulder County has ordered assistance from other fire and rescue departments and the National Guard. Pelle said they were specifically seeking helicopters and driving vehicles that can safely pass through the water or over debris.
A 42-person FEMA urban search and rescue team was also requested.
"It's a good day to hunker down," Pelle advised.


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