Torrential rain drenched parts of Colorado, washing away homes and causing at least three deaths as officials worked Thursday to evacuate towns and keep people out of the path of the rising water.
The National Weather Service described a “life-threatening situation” in an emergency message issued just after midnight local time for several areas around Boulder, where about 6.5 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.
The first death was reported near Jamestown, according to officials, and was thought to be because of a building collapse. Another person was found dead on Linden Drive in Boulder, officials said. The Colorado Springs Fire Department reported a third death on Thursday morning after a body was recovered near Interstate 25.
Authorities found the second body while out patrolling in the I-25 area around 5:30 a.m. local time, Colorado Springs Fire Department spokeswoman Sunny Smaldino told NBC News affiliate KUSA.
“This is not your ordinary day, it is not your ordinary disaster,” Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said at a news conference late Thursday morning. “All the preparation in the world … can’t put people up those canyons while those walls of water and debris are coming down.”
The sheriff described the status throughout the county as a “continuing, very dangerous situation.”
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