Colorado flooding cuts off mountain towns, kills 3

Thousands more evacuated from Boulder

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Rain continues to fall in northern Colorado where rescuers are struggling to reach dozens of people cut off by flooding in mountain communities.

The towns of Lyons, Jamestown and others in the Rocky Mountain foothills have been isolated by flooding and without power or telephone service. Rainstorms have been hanging over the region all week and up to 8 inches more fell Thursday in an area spanning from the Wyoming border south to the foothills west of Denver.

At least three people have been killed and another is missing, while hundreds of people have been forced to seek shelter up and down Colorado's populated Front Range.

The Colorado National Guard began trucking people out of Lyons on Thursday evening.

President Barack Obama has approved federal disaster assistance for hard-hit Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the relief effort.


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