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article imageColorado flooding: Thousands evacuated as heavy rain continues

By Dragos Ilca     Sep 13, 2013 in Environment
The flooding that swept off the mountainside communities in Colorado on Friday reached downstream, causing a major overflow of the rivers and creeks, forcing thousands of people being evacuated.
National Guard troops managed to reach the region; however, towns such as Jamestown, Lyons and Longmont are reduced to islands following the heavy rain which started on Thursday.
According to AP, at least three people were killed and another one is presumed missing. Hundreds more are forced to find shelter up and down Colorado's Front Range. Officials prepared roadblocks to prevent residents fleeing in their private cars onto the flooded roads.
Debris and mud coming from the mountainsides had caused water to accumulate at the mouth of the canyon, making the rapid rise of the nearby creeks, the Boulder City Office of Emergency said.
Late Thursday, the warning sirens in Boulder advised people in the region to head for higher ground, says Boulder's Daily Camera.
Also, according to CNN, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for Colorado in order to allocate federal support regarding the issue.
Emergency notifications have been dispatched to more than 8000 telephone numbers. People in the small city of Lyons began using the city's Facebook page to find their loved ones or to hunt for supplies.
The cause of the prolonged rain is a low-pressure system stationed over Nevada, drawing moist air from Mexico to the Rockies' foothills.
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