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The rains are expected to continue. Denver was spared for the most part, but Boulder, Lyons, Estes Park, Fort Collins, and some areas of Jefferson County are a mess. And we're not out of the woods. The latest alert has lots of counties including Denver under a flash flood warning until tomorrow morning.

Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Park, Weld

Live Boulder Press Conference (4:00 pm MT): Boulder is reminding people to stay out of the water -- it's filled with sewage. Evacuation orders are not being lifted because more rain is on the way. 80 people are unaccounted for, and another death was confirmed today. For those with flooded basements, the city can't help, they need to call a recovery company. Here's how to find a reputable one. [More...]

FEMA says urban search and rescue teams are en route, thanks to Obama's emergency disaster order. Each team has 80 people.

XCEL energy says it had a good day and was able to re-able power to some of the afflicted areas. The natural gas system is in bad shape due to the road damage. Before relighting a natural gas system, people should call someone to come and check it out to make sure it's safe.

Final item of presser: If police show up and tell you to leave, be ready and do it -- they may not be able to come back because there are too many people needing help.

A comment: Several Colorado news sites, including the Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera, have made their webpages so interactive they are absurdly distracting and difficult to read. And not just for flood news. Whoever they hired to revamp their sites should be ashamed. I recommend other sites or Twitter for #COFlood and #BoulderFlood.

For travel and road closures, check CDOT. Official information on how to help victims is here.

And yes, the football game has been postponed.

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    The Denver Post (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by DebFrmHell on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 02:53:12 PM EST
    had a series of pictures (92!) from two historic floods, Big Thompson Canyon and South Platte.  I thought it was a wonderful series of photographs in black and white.


    Yikes (none / 0) (#1)
    by squeaky on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 05:59:37 PM EST
    I saw video today from friend in Hygiene..  pretty messy..

    stay safe, and I hope the worst is over where you are Jeralyn.

    Flash floods (none / 0) (#2)
    by desertswine on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 07:49:17 PM EST
    Wishing the best for all my CO friends (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 10:13:55 PM EST
    When I lived there I heard about the Big Thompson flood, and it was so hard to imagine. I probably did not see this much rain in all the years I lived there combined.

    I agree about the Denver Post site. Nearly worthless. 9News is painful too.

    A friend has posted pictures from Evergreen - downtown is getting hit bad, and all those little shops and restaurants along the creek. Sad to see.

    Hoping for a long dry fall for repairing.

    My daughter sent me a shot (none / 0) (#4)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 11:50:03 AM EST
    of the ball field in Aurora, I think it is near Parker and 225. Hard to grasp that it is 8 feet under water.

    Just look at most of the flood photos in the news (none / 0) (#5)
    by beefeater on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 02:44:02 PM EST
    People have been building roadbeds, bridges, dams and other infrastructure where creeks, streams and washes existed.

    Then they act all surprised when a large volume of rain builds up behind the structures and then releases in a 20-30 foot wall of water.

    The same thing happens when people try to control rivers with flood walls or when they build a city like New Orleans below sea level.

    You can't pack 10 lbs of water into a 5 lb container. It's no more complicated than that.

    Yes, people are surprised when record (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by ruffian on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:28:01 PM EST
    amounts of torrential rainfall hit a state that is traditionally pretty darn dry. Go figure.

    In my experience which I realize is limited, bridges are usually built as spans over water, and are built to accommodate expected amounts of said water. But I am sure you have structured your life with the utmost preparation for every possible disaster. Good for you.