Thousands of residents in Colorado have been driven from their homes after floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Rockies, stranding hikers and residents in rural communities slammed by days of steady rain.
Rescuers issued stern warnings Saturday to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies.
National Guard helicopters and truck convoys carried the admonition into paralyzed canyon communities where thousands of stranded residents were eager to escape the Rocky Mountain foothills.
But not everybody was willing to go. Dozens of people in the isolated community of Jamestown wanted to stay to watch over their homes.
"Essentially, what they were threatening us with is, 'If you stay here, you may be here for a month,'" said 79-year-old Dean Hollenbaugh, who was evacuated by Chinook helicopter from Jamestown, northwest of Boulder.
By midday Saturday, nearly 800 people had been evacuated, National Guard Master Sgt. Cheresa Theiral said. More than 700 people spent Friday night in shelters, according to the Red Cross.
Officials said Saturday at least four people have been killed in the flooding, while The Denver Post reported that 230 people are unaccounted for as of Saturday afternoon. Police expected to find more bodies as the full scope of damage emerges.
The flooding has affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile area, almost the size of Connecticut.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle told KDVR.com that although floodwaters have started to recede, officials do not yet know how many structures were lost.
STORRS, Conn. – A 19-year-old former Olympian from Suriname has been accused of illegally using credit cards owned by a teammate on the University of Connecticut swim team and faces larceny and other charges.
Diguan Denzel Pigot competed in the 100-meter breaststroke for Suriname at the 2012 London Olympics. He was arraigned Wednesday in Rockville Superior Court.
UConn police say Pigot made purchases totaling nearly $13,000 using the cards between September of last year and May of this year and tried to make another $27,000 in illegal purchases that were canceled.
Defense attorney Frank Russo tells the Journal Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1fa6baW) Pigot is cooperating in the police investigation.
Police say Pigot acknowledged setting up accounts on various websites using his teammate's credit card information.
Russo says Pigot was dismissed from UConn and is now at the University of Miami in Florida.
Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com