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Thousands Flee Colorado Flood Waters

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Boulder's police chief says things are looking better hours after city officials sent notice to about 4,000 people living along Boulder Creek to leave their homes.

Chief Mark Beckner toured the city early Friday to assess the flood damage and says the creek has dropped from its peak flow.

But he tells the Daily Camera conditions remain dangerous and he is shocked at the amount of water still flowing into the streets.

Late Thursday night, warning sirens blared and officials told about 4,000 residents living near the creek to head to higher ground.

The city's Office of Emergency Management says debris and mud coming off the mountainsides caused water to back up at the mouth of the Boulder Canyon, resulting in the creek's rapid rise.

The city of Fort Collins is urging residents of three neighborhoods to evacuate this morning after a surge on a local river sent water over the top of a reservoir.

Late-night calls went out in Boulder and the village of Eldorado Springs as nearby creeks rose to dangerous levels, while a number of towns in the Rocky Mountain foothills have been cut off and are without power. The Colorado National Guard began trucking people out of town of Lyons last night.

Residents along the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County, scene of the deadliest flash flood in state history, were also evacuated. And early this morning, the National Weather Service warned of more flash flooding in Loveland.

Recent wildfires have worsened the flooding, stripping the landscape of ground cover that would normally absorb the rain.

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