Rescue teams pulled a man trapped in his submerged car to safety after flash floods collapsed bridges and roads in Boulder, Colorado and sent cars tumbling into raging streams. Workers spent several minutes prying open the door of his overturned vehicle amid surging water.
Colorado authorities say at least three drivers were rescued from the area which is near a major state highway.
The unusual late-summer downpours drenched Colorado's biggest urban centers, stretching 130 miles along the eastern slopes of the Rockies from Fort Collins near the Wyoming border south through Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs.
Boulder Creek, which runs through the heart of the city, became a raging torrent that burst its banks and flooded adjacent parking lots and streets as warning sirens wailed. Other towns nestled along the Front Range of the Rockies north of Denver were also hard hit.
The National Weather Service said at least 12.3 inches of rain have fallen on Boulder since Sept. 1, smashing a 63-year-old record of 5.5 inches for the month.