Heavy rainfall has been in Colorado’s forecast since Wednesday evening, and there are flash flood warnings in effect
for many counties throughout the greater boulder area. Thursday morning, two people were reported dead due to homes collapsing, and dangerous mud and rockslides rocking the area. Up to four inches has been reported by local officials, and the rescue efforts cannot be started yet because of the dangerous conditions. The National Weather Service has placed a flash flood warning for the counties of Jefferson and Boulder. As well as these flood emergencies, smaller communities such as Fourmile and Jamestown have also been affected greatly by the rainfall. Local officials have reported that many roads and highways are impassable due to the rain, so it is a good idea to stay updated and make sure you avoid these areas.
Local facilities such as recreation buildings, libraries, and even the University Of Colorado have been shut down and evacuated because the conditions are too dangerous. Residents have been advised to leave their homes if it is located in a low-lying area that rain could reach easily. Evacuations have been put in place for many counties, and a mandatory evacuation is in effect for Jamestown and Fourmile. Many homes in the Jamestown area are collapsing, therefore these residents need to be evacuated to guarantee their safety. Local rescue teams are trying to conduct search and rescue operations, but the mudslides are prohibiting them from reaching the area safely. By this evening the weather should subside and the operations will be put into effect.
About 400 students at the University of Colorado have been evacuated, and classes have been cancelled. In addition to the two counties that have been considered flood emergencies, the National Weather Service has posted flash flood warnings for Broomfield, Adams, Weld, Larimer, and El Paso counties as well. Mud and rock slides have been reported in several areas, and many roads have blockages due to these dangerous conditions. Local police dispatchers have been receiving calls of flooded basements, flooded streets, and submerged cars. Officials are urging people to stay away from flooded roads and to not try to pass them in their cars. If it is O.K to shelter at your house, officials are also urging to not leave until the weather subsides.
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