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Colorado Flash Floods Kill Three People
Three people have died after flash floods hit northern Colorado, triggering rock slides and prompting evacuations.
High waters are preventing search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities.
The flooding has washed away at least three buildings in the mountains and caused cars to plunge into rushing water after a road collapsed in suburban Denver.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said two people have died in his county.
Colorado Springs spokeswoman Kim Melchor said officers carrying out flood patrols also found a body in the water in El Paso County.
In Lafayette, east of Boulder, rescue crews pulled people from cars washed off the road.
Volunteers are trying to help stranded people until emergency crews can arrive because many roads are impassable because of high waters and debris.
Officials issued a recorded message telling residents to "seek higher ground immediately".
Larimer County Sheriff's office said on Thursday that the Meadow Lake Dam had broken.
A tweet from the office said: "The amount of water from broken Meadow Lake Dam is believed to be relatively small. Trying to determine what impact might be."
Gabrielle Boerkircher, a spokesman for Jamestown's emergency management division, said: "It's been raining for the last three days now.
"But the worst started early in the morning on September 11 and hasn't stopped yet."
A mandatory evacuation order is in place for Jamestown, with hundreds of people elsewhere in the county voluntarily going to shelters.
Some 400 people at Boulder's University of Colorado have also evacuated, with officials saying water had leaked into all the buildings including its main library.
Meteorologist Bob Kleyla says a 20ft (6m) wall of water was reported in a canyon north of Boulder.