Evacuate! Rain and floods pound Colorado as authorities warn thousands to flee

Flooding that has already killed three people is growing worse, destroying buildings and trapping residents. The rain has developed flood waters in an area nearly 130 miles wide.

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Flood water shoots out of a sewer on Canon Avenue next to the Cliff House in Manitou Springs, Colo.                        Michael Ciaglo/AP

Friday, September 13, 2013, 7:09 AM

SOURCE  (AP) LYONS, Colo. — With rain still falling and the flood threat still real, authorities called on thousands more people in the inundated city of Boulder and a mountain hamlet to evacuate as a nearby creeks rose to dangerous levels.

The late-night reports from Boulder and the village of Eldorado Springs came as rescuers struggled to reach dozens of people cut off by flooding in Colorado mountain communities, while residents in the Denver area and other downstream communities were warned to stay off flooded streets.

The towns of Lyons, Jamestown and others in the Rocky Mountain foothills have been isolated by flooding and without power or telephone since rain hanging over the region all week intensified late Wednesday and early Thursday.

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