Anxiety is running high in Colorado tonight...at least four deaths are blamed on floodwaters following heavy rains. Some 80 people are unaccounted for... and despite many rescues, hundreds are stranded beyond the grasp of responders. As officials warn -- the ordeal is not over yet...and flooding is impacting Wyoming as well.
7:28 p.m. MDT
Colorado National Guard says it has helped evacuate more than 550
people by ground and air. Authorities plan to airlift flood victims
throughout the night.
7 p.m. MDT
Red Cross has opened a shelter in Granby for 21 adults and 154
seventh-graders who were stranded at a youth camp near Estes Park. The
campers were loaded into a school bus and are traveling across Trail
Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on their way to the shelter.
5:14 p.m. MDT
news footage shows roads east of Greeley cut off by flooding, and broad
swaths of land inundated by water. A man is seen escaping flooded
farmland on horseback as rescue crews ferry an inflatable raft carrying
at least two dogs. Heavy rain is moving through the area west of
4:04 p.m. MDT
officials raised the death toll from flooding to four after a woman's
body was found in Boulder. Sheriff Joe Pelle says the unidentified woman
was swept away Thursday after a vehicle got stuck in high water. A man
in the same vehicle died after he got out and tried to help her. Pelle
says 80 people in Boulder County are still unaccounted for.
3:41 p.m. MDT
Authorities say as many as 2,500 people could be evacuated from Lyons by the end of the day.
3:30 p.m. MDT
County officials say National Guard helicopters are rescuing nearly 300
residents stranded in Jamestown, a mountain town cut off by flooding.
It's unclear how many more people are in the town.
3:26 p.m. MDT
helicopter has been evacuating stranded people in Larimer County,
focusing on those with medical problems. After getting his first aerial
view of the destruction, Sheriff Justin Smith said hundreds if not
thousands of people, remain stranded and are running low of food and
3:15 p.m. MDT
graders finishing a week at Jefferson County's outdoor lab school on
Mount Evans hiked down the mountain to school buses because a road to
the school was impassable. The 138 students made the trek with
authorities during a break in the weather.
1:56 p.m. MDT
football game between Fresno State and Colorado is being postponed
because of the flooding devastating the state. Chancellor Philip
DiStefano said the community is hurting and it's not a good time to put
pressure on the community and divert attention away from people in
1:32 p.m. MDT
National Park Service says a pair of hikers made it down Longs Peak,
one of Colorado's highest points, on their own after being stranded by
an ice storm for two days. The news came just as the Park Service was
organizing its latest effort to rescue the women.
12:30 p.m. MDT
Mountain National Park is closed and officials are escorting remaining
visitors out of the park. Officials say they're working to mount rescue
efforts for two hikers reported missing on Longs Peak, a 14,259-foot
mountain there. Trail Ridge Road through the park, the highest
continuous paved road in the United States, remains open to emergency
vehicles and residents evacuating from the town of Estes Park.
11:56 a.m. MDT
has closed Interstate 25 from north of Denver to Cheyenne, a 90-mile
stretch. Three major rivers - Big Thompson, St. Vrain, and Poudre -
normally flow under the highway in northern Colorado, but flood waters
have pushed over the top of the roadway in some locations.
11:22 a.m. MDT
at the University of Colorado are discussing whether the football game
between Fresno State and Colorado will be played Saturday or pushed back
because of flooding.
11:01 a.m. MDT
are flying in Boulder and Larimer counties to reach stranded people and
drop supplies. Low visibility had grounded them Thursday.
10:49 a.m. MDT
Blue skies are peeking through clouds over the Front Range, but more rain is expected in the afternoon.
10:10 a.m. MDT
elderly man who was walking his dog was rescued from a Denver drainage
ditch after being swept away by rushing water. Denver Fire Department
spokesman Mark Watson said witnesses saw the man and dog fall into the
water, and called for help. He was pulled from the water four blocks
away, but his condition wasn't immediately available.
6:31 a.m. MDT
went door-to-door in Morrison, south of the historic Red Rocks
Amphitheater, asking hundreds of people to evacuate as Bear Creek neared
flood stage. The amphitheater was in no immediate danger.
2 a.m. MDT
Police Chief Mark Beckner tours the flood damage, and says Boulder
Creek has begun to recede but conditions remain dangerous.