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Colorado Flooding Causes Evacuations, Deaths

Flooding in the western U.S. state of Colorado worsened Friday, with thousands of people in and around the city of Boulder forced to evacuate.
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Will Pitner is rescued by emergency workers and neighbor Jeff Writer after a night trapped outside on high ground above his home as it filled with water after days of record rain and flooding at the base of Boulder Canyon, Colorado, Sept. 13, 2013.
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Will Pitner is rescued by emergency workers and neighbor Jeff Writer after a night trapped outside on high ground above his home as it filled with water after days of record rain and flooding at the base of Boulder Canyon, Colorado, Sept. 13, 2013.

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, Colorado, Sept. 13, 2013.
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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, Colorado, Sept. 13, 2013.

Nick Carter shovels debris as heavy rains cause severe flooding in Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2013.
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Nick Carter shovels debris as heavy rains cause severe flooding in Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2013.

The U.S. Geological Survey said creek levels in Boulder had reached what experts call a 100-year flood level, Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 13, 2013. Photo: Scott Herron
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The U.S. Geological Survey said creek levels in Boulder had reached what experts call a 100-year flood level, Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 13, 2013. Photo: Scott Herron

Boulder Creek has risen to dangerous levels, threatening homes and making evacuations necessary, Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 13, 2013. Photo: Scott Herron
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Boulder Creek has risen to dangerous levels, threatening homes and making evacuations necessary, Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 13, 2013. Photo: Scott Herron

The U.S. Geological Survey said creek flows in Boulder had reached what experts call a 100-year flood level. Authorities said water was spilling over the top of 12 dams in the county.
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The U.S. Geological Survey said creek flows in Boulder had reached what experts call a 100-year flood level. Authorities said water was spilling over the top of 12 dams in the county.

A home and car are stranded after a flash flood in Coal Creek destroyed the bridge near Golden, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2013. 
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A home and car are stranded after a flash flood in Coal Creek destroyed the bridge near Golden, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2013. 

A section of Highway 72 is missing after a flash flood tore through Coal Creek near Golden, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2013. 
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A section of Highway 72 is missing after a flash flood tore through Coal Creek near Golden, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2013. 

Matthew Messner looks for a way to cross the sidewalk covered by heavy rains in Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2013.
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Matthew Messner looks for a way to cross the sidewalk covered by heavy rains in Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2013.

A home is stranded after a flash flood in Coal Creek destroyed the bridge near Golden, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2013. 
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A home is stranded after a flash flood in Coal Creek destroyed the bridge near Golden, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2013. 

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