Scenes from Colorado’s record-setting floods

Three are dead as thousands seek higher ground

Topics: Natural Disasters, Floods, Colorado, disaster relief, , ,

Flash flooding that’s so far left three people dead and another missing intensified overnight in Colorado. From Reuters:

The unusual late-summer downpours drenched Colorado’s biggest urban centers, stretching 130 miles along the eastern slopes of the Rockies from Fort Collins near the Wyoming border south through Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs.

In Boulder, the rainfall record for September set in 1940 was shattered, officials said, unleashing surging floodwaters in Boulder Canyon above the city that triggered the evacuation of some 4,000 residents late on Thursday.

“This is more like something out of the Bible,” said Lyons resident Howard Wachtel. The remote town has been almost entirely cut off from surrounding areas by the rising waters. President Obama approved the state’s natural disaster assistance request late last night; the rain is expected to continue late into the day.

Below, photos captured by on-the-scene reporters and social media users alike:



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    Residents of an apartment house work to divert flood water from their building in Boulder, Colo., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

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    A man begins cleaning up Canon Avenue in Manitou Springs, Colo. after a flash flood burst through a manhole and sent water rushing down the streets Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

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    A couple plays in flood water at Utah Park in Aurora, Colo., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

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    "Meanwhile in boulder- it's flooding so we are going to tube down the streets" wrote Instagram user ekohlfeld.

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    This image provided by Jason Stillman, shows flooding in Lyons Colo., Thursday Sept. 12, 2013. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said the town of Lyons was completely cut off because of flooded roads.

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    Instagram user krbsmith211 captioned this photo: "so this used to be lyons".

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    This image provided by Jason Stillman, shows flooding in Lyons Colo., Thursday Sept. 12, 2013. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said the town of Lyons was completely cut off because of flooded roads.

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    Residents of a neighborhood on the northern side of Boulder, Colo., work to divert floodwaters away from their homes on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Autorities say flooding in the area has washed out roads, left rural communities isolated and is responsible for at least three deaths.

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    Local residents look over a road washed out by a torrent of water following overnight flash flooding near Left Hand Canyon, south of Lyons, Colo., Thursday, Sept 12, 2013. The widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents in Lyons and nearby mountain communities as heavy rains hammered northern Colorado.

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    "Well there goes my running path. Thanks, #Boulderflood" wrote Instagram user myohmyemily.

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Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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