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Evacuations Underway After CO Dam Breaks

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Flooded streets, mudslides, evacuations and destroyed homes have followed days of heavy rains in Colorado.

Emergency officials in Larimer County say an earthen dam in the Big Elk Meadows area has given way and residents of two communities, Pinewood Springs and Blue Mountain, should be ready to evacuate.

Meanwhile, officials say flash flooding in Boulder County left one person dead.

From NBC: 

Torrential rain drenched Colorado's Boulder County on Wednesday night, washing away homes and causing at least two deaths as officials worked to evacuate towns and keep people out of the path of the rising water.

The National Weather Service described a "life-threatening situation" in a civil emergency message issued at 12:27 a.m. local time in several areas around Boulder, Colo., as between four and seven inches of heavy rain poured down over the area in a three-hour window.

The first fatality was reported near Jamestown, Colo., according to officials, and was thought to be due to a building collapse. The Colorado Springs Fire Department reported a second confirmed death on Thursday morning, after a body was recovered near Interstate 25.



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