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Flash Flood Kills 3, Forces Evacuations In Colorado

Sustained storms dropping over six inches of heavy rain in and around the ski commuter and college town of Boulder, Colorado, killing three people, flooding dorms at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and completely cutting off the small town of Lyons. The UC-Boulder campus was closed today after water from Boulder Creek damaged 40 buildings consisting of a quarter of the campus. Flooding was spotted along a 130 mile stretch between Colorado Springs and an area north of Fort Collins, and several canyon neighborhoods near Boulder were placed under mandatory evacuation orders, as the rain is expected to continue through the weekend. Some intrepid Boulder locals (or fools, depending on your persuasion) whipped out some inner tubes and went whitewater tubing down the flooded bikepaths at three in the morning last night, and apparently even the Coast Guard has been dispatched to the landlocked state:

· Flash floods kill at least 3 in Colorado [USA Today]