Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Flooding kills three in US state of Colorado
by Staff Writers
Los Angeles (AFP) Sept 12, 2013

A woman looks at Boulder Creek, which flooded early today after three days of heavy rainfall September 12, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado. An estimated 6-10 inches of rain fell in 12-18 hours and more is expected throughout the day. Flash flood sirens warned people to stay away from Boulder Creek and seek higher ground. Photo courtesy AFP.

Deadly flash floods have killed at least three people in the US state of Colorado, as residents were evacuated, roads closed and a dam was breached, authorities said Thursday.

Two people were confirmed dead near Boulder, northwest of Denver, while one body was recovered from floodwaters in Colorado Springs, south of the state capital.

"We anticipate that there could be others," Commander Heidi Prentup of the Boulder County Sheriff's office said at a noon (1800 GMT) press briefing on the disaster.

After driving rain lashed much of the northeastern part of the state, the National Weather Service urged residents to "move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life."

The rain eased somewhat Thursday morning, but Boulder City spokeswoman Sarah Huntley warned residents to remain on alert.

"It might seem that the threat is abating. That is not actually the case. The risk is still very real," she told reporters, adding: "There are big walls of water."

Firefighters in Colorado Springs recovered one body due to the flooding, spokeswoman Sunny Smaldino said. They rescued a second person stranded by the flood waters, she said.

Meanwhile residents of the small town of Jamestown, just outside the city of Boulder, were ordered to evacuate. "We have two confirmed" dead, Prentup told reporters, adding that helicopters could not get into the area because of the continuing rain.

Officials said a building had collapsed on one of the victims, but further details were unavailable as rescue workers were just arriving in the town.

Mudslides and rockslides blocked many of the roads with debris, hampering rescue efforts, said Gabrielle Boerkircher, a spokeswoman for Boulder County's emergency management division.

"It's been raining for the last three days now," said Boerkircher, adding that the worst "started early in the morning on September 11 and hasn't stopped yet."

The Larimer County Sheriff's office said on its Twitter feed that the Meadow Lake Dam broke.

"The amount of water from broken Meadow Lake Dam is believed to be relatively small. Trying to determine what impact might be," it posted.

Video footage and photographs showed the region under driving rain as water coursed down roadways and washed away vehicles. Standing water reached above car tires in some places.

The National Weather Service warned that "most flood deaths occur in automobiles," adding "flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road."

A mandatory evacuation order was in place for Jamestown, Boulder County's Boerkircher said, adding that hundreds of people elsewhere in the county had voluntarily gone to shelters, including some 200 people in Lyons and around 400 people at Boulder's University of Colorado campus.

Officials at the university said water had leaked into all the buildings, and their main concern was the library, where damage to the books could be extensive, Boerkircher said.

Schools and county offices were closed, as were many roads, due both to flooding and downed trees or debris.

Much of the rain has fallen over a "burn scar" from a forest fire four years ago, she said, explaining that the area "leads into a lot of our creeks and all the creeks end up in our cities."

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle urged residents to "please stay off the roads today," in a message to Facebook.

"Please leave the roads open for emergency crews," he said.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Lourdes closed, 200 evacuated after flash floods
Toulouse, France (AFP) June 18, 2013
French authorities Tuesday shut the grotto at Lourdes and evacuated about 200 people following flash floods at the Roman Catholic pilgrimage site. The preventive measure came a day after heavy rain and unseasonal snowfall in the area led to rivers flowing well above their normal levels, even cutting off some roads. "The Sanctuaries are closed," the local prefecture of the Haute-Garonne a ... read more

Scientists say water on moon may have originated on Earth

Moon landing mission to use "secret weapons"

NASA launches spacecraft to study Moon atmosphere

NASA-Funded Scientists Detect Water on Moon's Surface that Hints at Water Below

Terramechanics research aims to keep Mars rovers rolling

New technology could make for smarter planet rovers

India prepares to launch country's maiden mission to Mars

SwRI study suggests debris flows on frozen arctic sand dunes are similar to dark dune spot-seepage flows on Mars

NASA's Voyager first spacecraft to exit solar system

SpaceShipTwo commercial space liner breaks sound barrier in test

Andreas Mogensen set for Soyuz mission to ISS in 2015

NASA awards nearly $1.5B in support contracts

China civilian technology satellites put into use

China to launch lunar lander by end of year: media

China launches three experimental satellites

Medical quarantine over for Shenzhou-10 astronauts

Three astronauts back on Earth from ISS: mission control

ISS Crew Completes Spacewalk Preps

Russian cosmonaut set for space station mission resigns

Russian cosmonauts to start searching for bacterium corroding ISS body

Japan sets new date for satellite rocket launch

Arianespace delivers! EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 and GSAT-7 are orbited by Ariane 5

Arianespace to "reach for the stars" with its Soyuz launch of Europe's Gaia space surveyor spacecraft

Ariane 5 build-up is completed for Arianespace upcoming flight with EUTELSAT

Coldest Brown Dwarfs Blur Lines between Stars and Planets

NASA-funded Program Helps Amateur Astronomers Detect Alien Worlds

Observations strongly suggest distant super-Earth has water atmosphere

Waking up to a new year

Space's 'Ferrari' set to fall to Earth

Chinese-built Bolivian satellite tested in space simulator

Indiana Jones meets George Jetson

New computational approaches speed up the exploration of the universe

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement