Floods Leave 4 Dead, Cause Widespread Damage in Colorado

Clear skies allowed for more evacuations and rescues in flood-devastated Colorado Friday, but the forecast through Sunday called for more heavy rain.

And even after the last of the storms, authorities can’t say how long it will take to reach residents who will remain isolated by devastated roads.

The confirmed death toll reached four when Boulder County officials recovered the body of a woman who had been swept away after getting out of her vehicle Thursday, Sheriff Joe Pelle said. Authorities already had recovered the body of a man who left the same car and tried to save the woman. One other death had been reported in Boulder County and one in El Paso County.

President Barack Obama declared an emergency for Boulder, Larimer and El Paso counties, FEMA announced Friday. The declaration allowed FEMA to bring in four rescue teams, the largest ever deployment in Colorado, officials said.

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