The rains that brought severe flooding to parts of northern and central Colorado have eased, allowing people a chance to regroup before more rain comes, possibly as soon as Saturday afternoon. Thousands of residents have been displaced by the flooding, from Fort Collins in the north to Colorado Springs in the south, since waters hit dangerous levels Wednesday.
For a second day flood waters, goaded by heavy rains, impacted large swaths of the Front Range. When skies finally broke, many were stranded, hundreds were in need of rescue and four lives were lost statewide.
Rivers flowing 10 times higher than normal forced new evacuations in Jefferson, Larimer and Weld counties Friday as emergency managers continued to try to reach people who have been stranded by floodwaters for days.
Thursday brought flooding that while not unprecedented, was highly widespread across the Front Range. What started with some playful behavior in Boulder, quickly escalated to evacuations, property loss and by the end of Thursday three lives lost.