The Colorado flooding has prevented rescuers from reaching residents in Boulder and surrounding areas. CNN reports Sept. 12 that due to washed out roads and dams overflowing from three days of heavy rain, firefighters and helicopters are unable to get to flood victims.
Boulder County is facing significant structure damage in addition three people being killed as a result of the Colorado flooding. More than a foot of rain has poured down in the region in a 19-hour period.
A firefighter was temporarily trapped in a tree after a "20-foot wall of water" violently pushed its way down a mountain canyon north of Boulder. There was concern that a Lyons Fire Dept. crew stranded mountainside near a washed-out road could suffer from hypothermia from the cold.
The Colorado flooding has caused all kinds of havoc for local communities. A dam in Larimer County broke and caused floods in some of the homes as well as leaving three people trapped.
Some speculation has emerged that there could be a higher death toll as officials learn more about what happened overnight.
A number of evacuations in Boulder have been issued with the monstrous Colorado flooding making for unsafe and deadly conditions.
Several shelters and help for evacuees have been set up if residents can reach them. They include: Boulder YMCA on 28th Street and Mapleton Avenue; Memorial Building in Longmont at 700 Longs Peak Ave.; Nederland Community Center at Bridge and Fifth streets; Lyons Elementary at 338 High St.; Allenspark Presbyterian Camp at 1306 Colo. 7.