Colorado flooding: Evacuations ordered in Longmont, Commerce City and Larimer County

LONGMONT, Co. - CINCINNATI -- Matthew 25: Ministries is ready to lend a helping hand to the massive flooding in and around Boulder, Colorado.

Matthew 25: Ministries is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located in Blue Ash. They will be connecting with partners in the affected areas to assess the damage and needs of victims.

Until the area is confirmed safe, the ministry to continue to monitor the impact of the flooding and further prepare themselves. The ministry is now accepting needed supplies to donate to the Colorado victims.

More than 6 inches of rain have fallen within 12 hours, causing unbearable conditions for those in Colorado. The heavy rains have triggered mudslides, rock debris and flash flooding into the streets and homes. Three people have been confirmed dead.

Donations for the Boulder area can be made at Matthew 25: Ministries location or online: 11060 Kenwood Rd. or http://www.m25m.org/

More than 99 percent of all donations to Matthew 25: Ministries go directly towards the program.

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Torrential rains flooded parts of Colorado overnight, killing at least three people, damaging homes, forcing evacuations, major road closures and school closures.

In Boulder County, which was hit particularly hard, the Town of Jamestown is under a mandatory evacuation. The Town of Lyons was "isolated" by the flood waters and the sheriff said people were sheltering on higher ground in that area.

The National Weather Service tweeted at 10:49 a.m.: "Great deal of water moving down Boulder Canyon. Move away from the creek and seek higher ground NOW."

The City of Longmont ordered mandatory evacuations in the Southmoor Park neighborhood.

"Please leave your home now.  Move away from Left Hand Creek," Police Department spokesman Jeff Satur said.

School buses are being made available for those evacuees at Quebec Ave. and S. Main St. Everyone is asked to leave in a bus or vehicle, not on foot.

The Larimer County Sheriff has ordered mandatory evacuations of the Big Thompson River Corridor at 10:30 a.m. Additional details are pending, but they say shelters are set up in Loveland, Lyons, and Estes Park.

In Commerce City, officials report the Fairfax Park detention pond has reached capacity. The city anticipates it is going to overflow into the residential neighborhood north of Fairfax Park.

Therefore, residents are asked to immediately evacuate from the area bounded on the north by 72nd Ave., on the south by 69th Ave., on the east by Holly St. and on the west by Highway 85. This evacuation also includes the Shady Lane Mobile Home Park.

The first death from the flooding was reported late Wednesday night in Jamestown, northwest of Boulder. Multiple buildings were reported to have collapsed in Jamestown and the person who died was trapped in one of the buildings.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department Heavy Rescue personnel recovered the body of a man from the water near Nevada and Las Vegas Streets while conducting flood patrols in the area early Thursday morning, officials tweeted.

The most recently discovered death came from Boulder County. 7NEWS reporter Tyler Lopez was told the body of an adult male was found near Linden Road, in the north part of the county.

"Boulder County is experiencing a disaster today that is broad in scope and very dangerous in nature," said Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle during a 9 a.m. press conference. "We know that we've lost lives. We anticipate that as the day goes on we may discover that we've lost others."

Pelle went on to say that mountain towns were the worst off and deputies have been "frustrated" in reaching them.

Lyons, he said, was totally isolated. Residents there lost sewer and fresh water service. Many there have huddled on high ground, including four deputies.

"We are just now beginning to assess the scope of the damage," Pelle said.

Boulder County has ordered assistance from other fire and rescue departments and the National Guard. Pelle said they were specifically seeking helicopters and driving vehicles that can safely pass through the water or over debris.

A 42-person FEMA urban search and rescue team was also requested.

"It's a good day to hunker down," Pelle advised.

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