Flooding continues in Colorado
Dan Feldheim, left, Scott Hoffenberg, center, and John Smart, pass sandbags as residents reinforce the dam on University Hill in Boulder, Colo., on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain could fall Sunday, creating a risk of more flooding and mudslides.
Colleen Keane, at right, works with Burggraf Disaster Restoration worker Robert Frawley to sift through muddy water that flooded her basement on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 on Iris Avenue in Boulder, Colo.
A woman, who asked not to be identified, carries two children while being evacuated by the Juniper Valley Fire Crew on Saturday, Sept. 14, on Olde Stage Road in Boulder, Colo,. Rescuers rushed by land and by air Saturday to evacuate Coloradoans stranded by epic mountain flooding as debris-filled rivers became muddy seas that extended into towns and farms miles from the Rockies.
Johnny Heginbootom looks out across his backyard, where a 10-foot fence is partially submerged on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Laporte, Colo. Heginbootom rents the home and on Sunday he and the home owners were working on pumping out water and removing soaked flooring.
A local woman walks in an evacuated neighborhood where many homes are inundated with water from overflowing canals after days of flash floods and intense rain, in Hygeine, Colo., Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. After somewhat abating for two days, rain returned to Colorado Sunday, creating a risk of more flooding and mudslides.
Evan Russack with his son Trevor, 6, look over Pennsylvania Ave on University Hill which was cut in two by flooding Saturday Sept, 14, 2013.
This Sept. 14, 2013, photo shows the South Platte River overflowing and severely flooding a home west of Kersey, Colo. Four people have been confirmed dead since the harrowing floods began Wednesday. And hundreds of others have not been heard from in the flood zone, which has grown to cover an area covering nearly 4,500 square miles (11,655 square kilometers), nearly the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut.
A road crew works on a stretch of highway washed out by flooding along the South Platte River in Weld County, Colorado near Greeley, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Hundreds of roads in the area have been damaged or destroyed by the floodwaters that have affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile (11,655-square-kilometer) area, an area the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut.
A resident watches a boat float down the center of the street in Longmont, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state. National Guard helicopters have been evacuating residents from the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)
A field of parked cars and trucks sits partially submerged near Greeley, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, as debris-filled rivers flooded into towns and farms miles from the Rockies. Hundreds of roads, farms and businesses in the area have been damaged or destroyed by the floodwaters.
This Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, photo provided by Earth Vision Trust shows destruction on Gold Run Creek north of Boulder, Colo. in the aftermath of flooding in the area that began Wednesday. The rescue of hundreds of Coloradoans stranded by mountain flooding accelerated Saturday, Sept. 14, as flooded, debris-filled rivers extended into towns and farms miles from the Rockies.
A residential neighborhood and a connecting road in Lyons, Colo., are cut in two by flood waters as flooding continues to devastate the Front Range and thousands are forced to evacuate with an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.
Colleen Keane looks through a pile of destroyed belongings on Sunday, Sept. 15, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado emergency management officials have released an initial estimate that says the ongoing flooding has damaged or destroyed nearly 19,000 homes. The Colorado Office of Emergency Management estimated Sunday on its website that 17,494 homes have been damaged and 1,502 destroyed.
Days of rain and floods have transformed the outdoorsy mountain communities in Colorado's Rocky Mountain foothills affectionately known "The Gore-Tex Vortex" from a paradise into a disaster area with little in the way of supplies or services — and more rain falling Sunday.