BOULDER, Colo. -- Two people have been killed and several homes destroyed by flooding from heavy rains in Boulder County, Colo., authorities said early Thursday.
John Schulz, spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department, said a series of four dams in the Big Elk Meadows area all overtopped overnight, and one—the Meadow Lake Dam—actually broke. Residents in at least four homes are stranded in flood water.
Schulz said there is a request in to the National Guard to fly a chopper overhead to extricate the residents, but the bad weather is putting rescues on hold.
Creeks were expected to continue to spill over their banks and threaten local homes and roadways as rainfall continued.
Jamestown and Four Mile Canyon were under mandatory evacuation and residents of Boulder City and areas north of there were being asked to stay in their homes or to seek higher ground, said Andrew Barth of Boulder County’s Office of Emergency Management.
Barth said several structures in mountainous areas have been lost.
Boulder Emergency Management spokeswoman Gabrielle Boerkircher said about 400 students at the University of Colorado-Boulder were evacuated. The campus was shutting down Thursday because of the flooding.
The local dive team was activated but hadn’t conducted any rescues as of early Thursday.
Roads in some parts of the county had up to a foot of standing water on them and were closed, reports CBS Denver station KCNC. The local fire department and sheriff’s department helped people stuck on flooded streets.
The Weather Service posted flash flood warnings for Boulder County and for parts of Broomfield, Adams, Weld, Larimer, and El Paso counties. KCNC forecasters predicted rain, heavy at times, and isolated storms into the weekend.