More than 8 inches of rain fell across some parts of Boulder, Colo., Wednesday, causing massive flooding within the city and taking three lives.
Jane Brautigam, the city's manager has signed and issued a local disaster and emergency declaration for the city of Boulder on Thursday afternoon, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
Flood sirens continue to sound in the city as of 1 p.m., local time to alert residents of the ongoing danger.
Rain began early in the morning and continued throughout the day, becoming heavy in the evening. As much as 1 inch of rain per hour fell in the area.
Rushing flood waters made roads dangerous and impassible, trapping cars and limiting travel. At least one house collapsed.
Colorado University's Boulder Campus closed for Thursday, Sept. 12 and Friday, Sept. 13, "due to effects of severe flooding and the ongoing weather emergency," according to the school's website.
All Boulder County parks, trails and open spaces have been closed until further notice.
Search and rescue helicopters are on site, aiding in search and rescue missions, medical evacuations and supplying aid.
All residents have been urged to stay away from water, as all water is suspected to contain sewage and other contaminants, according to the area's emergency management office.
Rounds of heavy rain and thunderstorms will persist around Boulder and along the I-25 corridor into Friday morning. Over 9 inches of rain has been recorded by the NWS as ofFriday morning in Colorado Springs. Additional rainfall can add to the flooding problems.
According to the Larimer Sheriff's Twitter account, the Meadow Dam has broken and Highway 34 is impassable and closed until further notice.
All of the cities facilities will remain closed throughout the day on Friday, Sept. 13, including libraries and recreation centers, according to the city's emergency management.
On Friday, residents living in the mountainous parts of the city continued to remain isolated without water, septic or sewer, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
As of Friday evening, the number of unaccounted persons rose to 80.
A highway in the Fourmile Canyon area is washed away on Thursday, Sept. 12. Photo courtesy of Laura Kottlowski.
We have confirmation that Meadow Lake Dam has broke near CR47. Extrication operations underway. Awaiting status update.— Larimer Sheriff (@LarimerSheriff) September 12, 2013
Eastbound lane of Hwy 34 at MM74.5 has collapsed. Westbound lane has a large crack and is impassable. Hwy 34 remains closed.— Larimer Sheriff (@LarimerSheriff) September 12, 2013
A bike path in Boulder is flooded due to heavy rain. Photo courtesy of Laura Kottlowski.
Following a bout of stormy weather that has lingered through the week, drier and more tranquil weather will move into the Atlanta area for the weekend.
Chicago is facing a mostly clear weekend with the threat of some disruptive thunderstorms on Saturday.
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After former Hurricane Odile battered resorts across Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, vacationers were left stranded and isolated while waiting for evacuations with sparse communication to loved ones back home.
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