Colorado flooding, September 2013Loading
  • APTOPIX Colorado Flooding
    Stan Koleski, 65, shovels mud from a friend's barn in Loveland, Colo., on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The Big Thompson River went over its banks destroying homes and businesses in the area. Statewide, only about 22,000 homeowners have flood insurance policies, FEMA spokesman Jerry DeFelice said. With 2.2 million housing units in Colorado, according to Census figures, that means about 1 percent of the state’s residences have flood coverage.
    Chris Schneider | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Samantha Fennell sprays mud off of clothing on Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013, in Longmont, Colo. As water recedes and flows east onto the Colorado plains, rescuers are shifting their focus from emergency airlifts to trying to find the hundreds of people still unaccounted for after last week's flooding.
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Katie Byrne, left, her neighbor Elizabeth Dipert, center, and church volunteer Linda Pekarek, right, sift through thrown out rotting flood refuse looking for valuables, at Byrne's home in Longmont, Colo., Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013. Statewide, only about 22,000 homeowners have flood insurance policies, FEMA spokesman Jerry DeFelice said. With 2.2 million housing units in Colorado, according to Census figures, that means about 1 percent of the state’s residences have flood coverage.
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding Gas Wells
    In this Sept. 17, 2013 photo, a crude oil storage tank lies on its side in flood water along the South Platte River, in Weld County, Colo. Hundreds of natural gas and oil wells along with pipelines are shut down by flooding, as state and federal inspectors gauge the damage and look for potential contamination from inundated oil fields.
    John Wark | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Members of the a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team and Colorado National Guard look at a map before checking homes off of Lee Hill Drive in Boulder, Colo., on Monday Sept. 16, 2013. Officials hope the number of missing will drop rapidly as communications are restored and people are evacuated throughout the region, as it did in Larimer County, where almost 250 people were lopped off a missing-persons list over the weekend, and Boulder County, where the list shrunk by 187 people. (AP Photo/ The Daily Camera, Mark Leffingwell) NO SALES
    Mark Leffingwell | AP
  • APTOPIX Colorado Flooding The Rescuers
    This photo released by the U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Jose Pantoja, a flight medic with the Colorado Air National Guard, carries an unidentified evacuee up a hoist onto a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 during flood rescue and recovery operations near Boulder, Colo. Military helicopter crews have flown hundreds of missions up the treacherous canyons of the Rocky Mountains to rescue about 2,000 people, and counting, and drop food and water supplies to stranded hamlets.
    Sgt. Jonathan Thibault | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    In this aerial photo, vehicles in a lot are submerged in flood waters Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Greeley, Colo. Rescuers grounded by weekend rains took advantage of the break in the weather to resume searches for people still stranded, with 21 helicopters fanning out over the mountainsides and the plains to drop supplies and airlift those who need help. (AP Photo/ The Coloradoan, Dawn Madura)
    Dawn Madura | AP
  • CORRECTION Colorado Flooding
    CORRECTS SPELLING OF CITY TO HYGIENE INSTEAD OF HYGEINE - Local man Joey Schendel, 19, looks for submerged items while helping neighbors salvage and clean their property in an area inundated after days of flooding, in Hygiene, Colo., Monday Sept. 16, 2013. Searches continue for missing people in isolated Colorado mountain towns. (AP Photo/ Brennan Linsley)
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    A military helicopter takes off from Boulder Municipal Airport as another, in foreground, warms up to fly in Boulder, Colo., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Crews are searching for pockets of individuals still stranded from flooding that began late last week. (AP Photo/ Ed Andrieski)
    Ed Andrieski | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Evacuees hurry across the tarmac after being rescued by helicopter from the Pinewood Springs area on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at the Boulder Municipal Airport in Boulder, Colo. Rescuers grounded by weekend rains took advantage of the break in the weather to resume searches for people still stranded, with 21 helicopters fanning out over the mountainsides and the plains to drop supplies and airlift those who need help. (AP Photo/ The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso) NO SALES
    Jeremy Papasso | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Sable Altura Fire Rescue's Dan Gordon, left, helps Tim Flaherty carry his three cats to a bus at the Boulder Municipal Airport after being rescued by helicopter from the Big Elk Meadows area on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Boulder, Colo. Officials hope the number of missing will drop rapidly as communications are restored and people are evacuated throughout the region, as it did in Larimer County, where almost 250 people were lopped off a missing-persons list over the weekend, and Boulder County, where the list shrunk by 187 people. (AP Photo/ The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso) NO SALES
    Jeremy Papasso | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Curt Dreiling and his dog Piper exit a helicopter at the Boulder Municipal Airport after being rescued from the Big Elk Meadows area on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Boulder, Colo. Officials hope the number of missing will drop rapidly as communications are restored and people are evacuated throughout the region, as it did in Larimer County, where almost 250 people were lopped off a missing-persons list over the weekend, and Boulder County, where the list shrunk by 187 people. (AP Photo/ The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso) NO SALES
    Jeremy Papasso | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    A woman is helped off of a military helicopter at the Boulder Municipal Airport in Boulder, Colo., on on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, after being rescued. Thousands of people remained stranded by high water and washed out roads in the state.(AP Photo/ Ed Andrieski)
    Ed Andrieski | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Members of the a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team and Colorado National Guard look at a map before checking homes off of Lee Hill Drive in Boulder, Colo., on Monday Sept. 16, 2013. Officials hope the number of missing will drop rapidly as communications are restored and people are evacuated throughout the region, as it did in Larimer County, where almost 250 people were lopped off a missing-persons list over the weekend, and Boulder County, where the list shrunk by 187 people. (AP Photo/ The Daily Camera, Mark Leffingwell) NO SALES
    Mark Leffingwell | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Rocky Mountain Rescue workers, from left, Katie Johnson, Chris Wentz, Kevin Cossel and Sal Silvester plan before heading out on rescue missions by helicopter on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Boulder Municipal Airport in Boulder. Officials hope the number of missing will drop rapidly as communications are restored and people are evacuated throughout the region. (AP Photo/ The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso) NO SALES Jeremy Papasso/ Camera
    JEREMY PAPASSO | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Floodwater drenched possessions fill the front yard as residents cleanup from historic floods in Longmont, Colo., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Monday's clearing skies and receding waters revealed only more heartbreak: toppled houses, upended vehicles and a stinking layer of muck covering everything. (AP Photo/ Chris Schneider)
    Chris Schneider | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Homeowner Chris Ringdahl, left, is comforted by family friend Katherine MacIntosh, right, in front of her possessions as they cleanup from the floodwaters in Longmont, Colo., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state inundating entire neighborhoods and destroying bridges and roads. (AP Photo/ Chris Schneider)
    Chris Schneider | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Local residents Genevieve Marquez, left, and Miranda Woodard remove the carpet from Marquez' home which is strewn with mud from flooding, in Hygeine, in Boulder County, Colo., Monday Sept. 16, 2013. Monday's clearing skies and receding waters revealed only more heartbreak: toppled houses, upended vehicles and a stinking layer of muck covering everything. (AP Photo/ Brennan Linsley)
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    In this Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 photo, a portion of Lefthand Canyon Road near the intersection of Olde Stage Road in Boulder, Colo. is washed away from severe flooding in the area. Rescuers grounded by weekend rains took advantage of the break in the weather to resume searches for people still stranded, with 21 helicopters fanning out over the mountainsides and the plains to drop supplies and airlift those who need help. (AP Photo/ The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso) NO SALES
    Jeremy Papasso | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    A National Guard truck that was damaged by floodwaters and was carried into a drainage ditch by the current lies next to twisted railroad tracks in Longmont, Colo., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state inundating entire neighborhoods and destroying bridges and roads. (AP Photo/ Chris Schneider)
    Chris Schneider | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    A building is surrounded by floodwaters in Loveland, Colo., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state inundating entire neighborhoods and destroying bridges and roads. (AP Photo/ Chris Schneider)
    Chris Schneider | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Floodwaters stand next to a home near Firestone, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state. National Guard helicopters have been evacuating residents from the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/ Chris Schneider)
    Chris Schneider | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Mike McDaniels shovels out mud from the basement of a friend's house in Longmont Colo., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. By air and by land, the rescue of hundreds of Coloradoans stranded by epic mountain flooding was accelerating as food and water supplies ran low, while thousands more were driven from their homes on the plains as debris-filled rivers became muddy seas inundating towns and farms miles from the Rockies. (AP Photo/ The Daily Camera, Cliff Grassmick) NO SALES
    CLIFF GRASSMICK | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Local resident Ben Rodman helps a friend salvage her home after floods left homes and infrastructure in a shambles, in Lyons, Colo., Friday Sept. 13, 2013. Days of heavy rains and flash floods which washed out the town's bridges and destroyed the electrical and sanitation infrastructure have left many Lyons residents stranded with minimal access to help, and sectioned off the town into several pieces not reachable one to the other. (AP Photo/ Brennan Linsley)
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Lonnie Dooley helps a neighbor clear belongings from their home which was flooded in Longmont, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state. National Guard helicopters have been evacuating residents from the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/ Chris Schneider)
    Chris Schneider | AP
  • APTOPIX Colorado Flooding
    A residential neighborhood and a connecting road in Lyons, Colo., are cut in two by flood waters as flooding continues to devastate the Front Range and thousands are forced to evacuate with an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/ John Wark)
    John Wark | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Local residents Holly Rob, right, and her neighbor and friend Pam Bowers hug after a day salvaging Rob's belongings after floods destroyed Rob's home, in Lyons, Colo., Friday Sept. 13, 2013. Days of heavy rains and flash floods which washed out the town's bridges and destroyed the electrical and sanitation infrastructure have left many Lyons residents cut off with minimal access to help, and sectioned off the town into several pieces not reachable one to the other. (AP Photo/ Brennan Linsley)
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Dave Jackson closes a mailbox with his foot after delivering the mail to a home surrounded on three sides by a flooded Cheyenne Creek Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Coffee-colored floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado Rockies on Friday, transforming normally scenic rivers and creeks into fast, unforgiving torrents and forcing thousands more evacuations from water-logged communities beset by days of steady rain.
    Michael Ciaglo | AP
  • APTOPIX Colorado Flooding
    Will Pitner is rescued by emergency workers, and neighbor Jeff Writer, left, after a night trapped sheltering outside on high ground above his home as it filled with water from a surge of water, after days of record rain and flooding, at the base of Boulder Canyon, Colo., Friday Sept. 13, 2013 in Boulder. Flash flooding in Colorado has left at least three people reportedly dead and the widespread high waters have hampered emergency workers' access to affected communities as heavy rains hammered northern Colorado.
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • US NEWS WEA-COLO-FLOOD 4 GT
    Residents check out the closed bridge on Stratton Avenue as water continues to rush down Cheyenne Creek in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Friday, September 13, 2013.
    Michael Ciaglo | MCT
  • US NEWS WEA-COLO-FLOOD 6 GT
    A Colorado Springs Utilities worker takes a photo from a bridge off West Cheyenne Road as flood waters continue to rush down Cheyenne Creek in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Friday, September 13, 2013.
    Michael Ciaglo | MCT
  • Colorado Flooding
    Jamestown, Colo., residence refresh at the Boulder City Airport on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013., after being rescued by helicopter from Jamestown, Colo., where they had been trapped with other towns people since Wednesday because of flooding in the mountains.
    Ed Andrieski | AP
  • US NEWS WEA-COLO-FLOOD 2 GT
    A tire swing gets pushed around helplessly as water continues to rush down Cheyenne Creek in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Friday, September 13, 2013.
    Michael Ciaglo | MCT
  • Colorado Flooding
    Brian Flynn, of Oregon, clears a drain in front of his sister's home in Boulder, Colo., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Flash flooding in Colorado has cut off access to towns, closed the University of Colorado in Boulder and left at least three people dead.
    Ed Andrieski | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    University of Colorado students carry belongings to an apartment in Boulder, Colo., on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado Rockies on Friday, spilling normally scenic mountain rivers and creeks over their banks and forcing thousands more evacuations in water-logged communities beset by days of steady rain.
    Ed Andrieski | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Water rushes past where a bridge collapsed in a flash flood, in Lyons, Colo., Friday Sept. 13, 2013. Days of heavy rains and flash floods which washed out all the town's bridges have left Lyons residents stranded from emergency crews, and has sectioned off the town into several pieces not reachable from one to another.
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    A University of Colorado student moves sand from a street where flood waters raged during the night on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Boulder, Colo. Floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado Rockies on Friday, spilling normally scenic mountain rivers and creeks over their banks and forcing thousands more evacuations in water-logged communities beset by days of steady rain.
    Ed Andrieski | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Temporarily displaced Lyons resident Kevin Bonner walks among a makeshift camp for people who voluntarily camped on higher ground due to fears of a dam breaking, on a hill overlooking Lyons, Colo., Friday Sept. 13, 2013. Days of heavy rains and flash floods which washed out bridges have left Lyons residents stranded from emergency crews, and has sectioned off the town into several pieces not reachable from one to another.
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    A wall of a clouds enshrouds the high-rise buildings of downtown Denver early Friday, Sept. 13, 2013., as heavy rains continue to pummel cities along Colorado's Front Range. Heavy, stationary rainstorms have wreaked havoc on cities and communities along the Front Range and into the foothills since Wednesday with more rain forecasted for the weekend ahead.
    David Zalubowski | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    During a break in the rain, a woman walks over a footbridge past Boulder Creek which roils at high speed after days of record rain and flooding, at the base of Boulder Canyon, Friday Sept. 13, 2013 in Boulder, Colo. People in Boulder were ordered to evacuate as water rose to dangerous levels amid a storm system that has been dropping rain for a week. Rescuers struggled to reach dozens of people cut off by flooding in mountain communities, while residents in the Denver area and other areas were warned to stay off flooded streets.
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Steven Phillips, left, his wife, Tila Duhaime, and his son, Wiley Phillips, left, in the wheelbarrow, with his friend, Avery McCluney walk near a flooding Boulder Creek on Friday Sept. 13, 2013 in Boulder, Colo.
    CLIFF GRASSMICK | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Jim Thomas uses patio stones to hold back the water from their home in Boulder, Colo,, on Friday Sept. 13, 2013. People in Boulder were ordered to evacuate as water rose to dangerous levels amid a storm system that has been dropping rain for a week. Rescuers struggled to reach dozens of people cut off by flooding in mountain communities, while residents in the Denver area and other areas were warned to stay off flooded streets.
    Paul Aiken | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Boulder Creek flows at high speed next to a road closed off by debris from days of rain and flooding, at the base of Boulder Canyon, Colo., Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. People in Boulder were ordered to evacuate as water rose to dangerous levels amid a storm system that has been dropping rain for a week. Rescuers struggled to reach dozens of people cut off by flooding in mountain communities, while residents in the Denver area and other areas were warned to stay off flooded streets.
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    Boulder Creek roils at high speed after days of record rain and flooding, at the base of Boulder Canyon, Colo., Friday Sept. 13, 2013 in Boulder. People in Boulder were ordered to evacuate as water rose to dangerous levels amid a storm system that has been dropping rain for a week. Rescuers struggled to reach dozens of people cut off by flooding in mountain communities, while residents in the Denver area and other areas were warned to stay off flooded streets.
    Brennan Linsley | AP
  • Colorado Flooding
    The parking lot at the University of Colorado married housing near Folsom Street is completely flooded on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 in Boulder , Colo.
    CLIFF GRASSMICK | AP
  • APTOPIX Colorado Flooding
    Officials investigate the scene of a road collapse at Highway 287 and Dillon at the Broomfield/ Lafayette border, Colo., that sent three vehicles into the water after flash flooding on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The National Weather Service has warned of an "extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation" throughout the region.
    Cliff Grassmick | AP
  • APTOPIX Colorado Flooding
    A geyser of flood water shoots out of a sewer on Canon Avenue next to the Cliff House in Manitou Springs, Colo. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 as storms continue to dump rain over the Waldo Canyon burn scar.
    Michael Ciaglo | AP
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