Three dead, thousands flee as floods rage in Colorado

Rare torrential
downpours unleashed flash flooding in Colorado that killed at
least three people, left one missing and forced thousands to
flee to higher ground on Thursday as rising water toppled
buildings and stranded motorists, officials said.

The unusually heavy late-summer rains drenched Colorado‘s
biggest urban centers, stretching 130 miles (210 km) along the
eastern slopes of the Rockies from Fort Collins near the Wyoming
border south through Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs.

“There is water everywhere,” said Andrew Barth, emergency
management spokesman in Boulder County, which bore the brunt of
tropical-like rains one meteorologist called unprecedented.
“We’ve had several structural collapses. There’s mud and muck
and debris everywhere. Cars are stranded all over the place.”

Three dead, thousands flee as floods rage in Colorado