Days of heavy rainfall unleashed havoc on Boulder, Colo., and surrounding areas, early Thursday. The flash floods, generated by the precipitation, have turned fatal as at least three people have been found dead, according to 9news.com.
One victim was found on an interstate highway engulfed in water, by Colorado Springs police. The second victim was discovered in a collapsed home near Nederland, Colo..The most recent victim was found on a street in the city of Boulder.
Buildings and houses have been washed away, mixing debris into the already threatening combination of rainwater and mud. Overflowing dams are another concern of area officials.
The flooding and rain have forced evacuations in “low lying areas” throughout Boulder and some surrounding counties. But many are stranded, with no way of navigating the high waters that have submerged most roadways.
“A lot of towns need assistance, and we cannot get through,” said Gabrielle Boerkircher, spokeswoman for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
Rock slides have blocked emergency personnel from getting to certain areas of the flooding. In the mean time, volunteers are doing their best to assist stranded vehicles until the emergency teams arrive.
The National Weather Service in Denver issued a flash flood warning for Northwestern Adams County and areas of Northeast Colorado until 10 a.m. MDT.
The main campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, along with the Boulder County Government, will be closed Thursday, officials say.
Although the worst may be over, there is still more rain to come, Weather Channel meteorologist, Michael Palmer reported. “This is going to exacerbate the situation – it won’t take a lot on top of what they’ve already had to cause additional flooding,” said Palmer.