Colorado Flooding Cuts Off Mountain Towns, Kills 3

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LYONS, Colo. (AP) Heavy rains sent waves of water crashing down mountainsides in Colorado today, cutting off mountain towns and forcing the University of Colorado to cancel classes. At least three people are reported dead.

The Colorado town of Lyons is completely cut off because of flooded roads. Authorities say heavy-clearance rescue vehicles are on their way to the town, where the Red Cross said about 200 people sought shelter in an elementary school. But National Guard rescue helicopters were grounded by fog and low visibility.

Everyone there is believed to be safe. A storm system has been dropping rain on the region for much of the week. And up to eight inches of rain has fallen in an area from the Wyoming border south to the foothills west of Denver. And parts of several interstate highways in the Denver area had to be temporarily shut down because of standing water.

Numerous roads have been washed out or made impassable and water has seeped into homes. Some buildings have collapsed in the torrent of water.