LYONS, Colo. At least three people are dead, and some Colorado mountain communities have been left isolated, after heavy rain sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides early today. The flooding struck areas near where the terrain had been scarred by recent wildfires.
Boulder County was hit the hardest, with up to 6 inches of rain falling over 12 hours. But flooding was reported from Colorado Springs to north of Fort Collins.
The National Weather Service warned of an "extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation" as the flooding forced people from their homes and caused mud and rockslides.
Crews have been struggling to reach the mountain community of Jamestown, northwest of Boulder, where authorities say one person was killed when a structure collapsed. Another person was found dead in northern Boulder. And police conducting flood patrols in Colorado Springs found a body in a creek.
About 400 students in a dorm at the University of Colorado in Boulder were evacuated and classes were canceled today and tomorrow because of the flooding.