Colorado Flooding-Day 5: Weld County Badly Hit-Photos

It is still raining in the eastern Colorado for the fifth day on Saturday, causing more damages to the flooded area as rivers overflow their banks.

Houses, roads, farms and bridges are damaged and destroyed by the flood waters and landslides.

One of the hardest hit areas are in Weld County where the swollen St. Vrain, Big Thompson and Cache La Poudre rivers empty into the South Platte River.

Sean Conway, a commissioner of rural Weld County, said that, “This is a five hundred to a hundred years flood.”

The National Weather Service said that some areas have seen more than 15 inches of rain in a span of three days, which is above average rainfall totals for an entire year.

National Guard troops and local emergency crews team up on search and rescue missions.

The seasonal monsoon rains started on Monday and by Wednesday night, flood waters flowed down from the mountain canyons into the foothills, particularly Boulder.

Ashlee Herring, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management said, “All the roads on the western side of the county are lost – they’re gone.”

 

Further downstream in Morgan County, the farming communities of Weldona, Goodrich, Muir Springs and Orchard were under evacuation orders.

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Photos: Colorado Flooding: 4 Died, Forecast More Rain

Flooding in Colorado is not yet over as more heavy rains is forecast through Sunday.

Some parts of the state have already received 15 inches of rain. 

At least four people were killed and lots more were unaccounted for.

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Buildings, roads and bridges were damaged by the flood waters. 

CNN reported that 17 miles of Highway 34, was badly damaged and will need to be rebuilt.

In at least one community, the flooding caused sewer grates to erupt into huge black geysers.

Flood water shoots out of a sewer next to the Cliff House in Manitou Springs, Colo., Sept. 12, 2013. / AP PHOTO/THE GAZETTE
Flood water shoots out of a sewer next to the Cliff House in Manitou Springs, Colo., Sept. 12, 2013. / AP PHOTO/THE GAZETTE (Please click the photo for a larger image)

The National Park Service closed Rocky Mountain National Park and was escorting people from nearby Estes Park along a trail over the Continental Divide.

On Friday, the Colorado Department of Transportation shut down about 90 miles of Interstate 25, from Denver to Cheyenne, Wyoming, because of flooding on the St. Vrain, Poudre and Big Thompson rivers.

A lot of towns were cut off because of the disaster including Lyons which was cut off after flood waters washed out the U.S. Route 36.

Thousands of people has been evacuated from the flooded area but some are still stranded.

People were also been evacuated from Eldorado Springs, Fort Collin and other places along the flooded rivers.

According to the weather service, Cache La Poudre River is expected to rise to nearly two feet above flood stage.

Bridges were closed after water began topping Seaman Reservoir in the Poudre Canyon.

The weather service warned Friday of more flash flooding in Loveland.

In the town of Drake, the Big Thompson River was more than four feet above flood stage. 

Rain from the same storm also drenched New Mexico, sending rivers out of their banks and causing some roads to be closed.

Evacuations were reported from Las Vegas to Truth or Consequences.

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