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Colorado flash floods claim 3 lives; 1 in Colorado Springs

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:40:41 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 12 2013 02:35:20 PM CDT

Authorities in Colorado Springs recovered a body following overnight flash flooding Thursday.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department Heavy Rescue Team responded to a call of a body found by the police department near Nevada Avenue and Las Vegas Street in Fountain Creek around 4:15 a.m.

Just before 5 a.m. the team recovered the body of an unidentified male at the scene, authorities said. 

The El Paso County Coroner's office will perform an autopsy to find the cause of death and man's identity.

Also in El Paso County, Manitou Springs School District 14 canceled classes on Thursday (9/12/13) in anticipation of more flash flooding being possible throughout the day.

A Flash flood warning was issued for the Waldo Canyon burn scar until at least 1 p.m., and highway 24 remains closed.

Elsewhere, two people have died in Boulder County as a result of the flash flooding.

Widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities.

The flood waters triggered mudslides and have damaged or washed away at least three buildings in the mountains. They've also caused three cars to plunge into rushing water after a road collapsed in suburban Denver.

North of Boulder, the community of Lyons has been completely cut off by the flood waters, according to KMGH. The town is without water and sanitation, and many people were reportedly forced to scramble up mountain sides for safety.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said "We know that we've lost lives. We anticipate that as the day goes on we may discover that we've lost others."

Flash flooding was also widespread across Denver and Aurora where water rescues were underway Thursday morning.



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