Aerials from NBC affiliate KUSA show the aftermath of devastating flooding that killed at least three people in Colorado.
The governor of Colorado on Friday ordered the National Guard into a town outside Boulder in hopes of evacuating hundreds of people feared stranded by record floods that were ravaging the state for a third day.
Gov. John Hickenlooper said it had to be “the largest storm that I can imagine in the state’s history.
The evacuation, for the town of Lyons, outside Boulder, will require about 100 soldiers from the Colorado National Guard and more than 20 trucks, a U.S. military official told NBC News.
Unusual late-summer downpours raked the state again, shattering a 73-year record for September rain in Boulder. About 4,000 people were ordered evacuated there Thursday as water surged out of a nearby canyon.
In the foothills north of Boulder, Colorado, Â Lee Hill Drive has been hit hard by floodwaters.Â NBC's Joe Fryer spoke Â with some of the residents.
“There’s so much water coming out of the canyon, it has to go somewhere, and unfortunately it’s coming into the city,” Ashlee Herring, a spokeswoman for the Boulder emergency management office, told Reuters.
The nearby city of Longmont was inundated after a river jumped its banks. About 7,000 homes there were under orders to evacuate.
Hickenlooper said that the state Department of Transportation had ordered traffic restricted to essential only for four counties to the north and west of Denver.