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Evacuations Expand as Rain Continues Falling in Colorado

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National Guard troops have been able to reach the Colorado community of Lyons, among the towns that had been isolated by flooding and left without power and telephone service. 

Thousands of additional residents were told to head for higher ground overnight, as the flood threat continues. The rain that has hung over the region all week is still falling.
 
The city of Fort Collins urged residents of three neighborhoods to evacuate this morning after a surge on a local river sent water over the top of a reservoir.
 
Authorities in Boulder County say 17 people are unaccounted for. Four are confirmed dead.
 
Recent wildfires have worsened the flooding, stripping the landscape of ground cover that would normally absorb the rain.

Late Thursday, warning sirens blared in Boulder, and city officials told about 4,000 people living along Boulder Creek to head for higher ground.

Debris and mud coming off the mountainsides had backed up water at the mouth of Boulder Canyon, causing the creek to rise rapidly, authorities said.

The creek began to recede after midnight, but the conditions remained dangerous, Police Chief Mark Beckner told the Daily Camera newspaper.

The water was a cafe-au-lait color, and debris indicated it had fallen more than two feet overnight.

The entire hamlet of Eldorado Springs, home to about 500 people, was also urged to evacuate because of a flash flood and mudslide threat along South Boulder Creek, Burrus said.

In Fort Collins, neighborhoods along the Cache La Poudre River were evacuated overnight, with the river expected to rise to nearly 2 feet above flood stage Friday, according to the weather service.

The city closed bridges after water began topping Seaman Reservoir in the Poudre Canyon. Residents were warned to stay clear of the river.

South of the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater, Jefferson County deputies went door-to-door in Morrison and Kittridge, asking hundreds of residents to leave their homes as Bear Creek neared flood stage. The amphitheater was in no immediate danger. (AP)

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