Flooding that killed at least three people in Colorado, toppling buildings and stranding drivers, worsened overnight as record rains pounded the state, forcing thousands more residents to flee to higher ground.
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.
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Heavy summer rains are not unusual for Colorado, but the intensity and duration of the downpour this time is unprecedented.
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.