In a what seems to be a scifi movie turned real......
At least 4 killed, 500 unaccounted for as floodwater inundates Colorado
President Obama ordered federal aid to Colorado Saturday night after thousands of residents were driven from their homes when floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Rockies, stranding hikers and residents in rural communities slammed by days of steady rain.
Meanwhile, more storms caused flooding in southern and eastern portions of the Denver metro area Saturday afternoon, as officials reported that more than 500 people were unaccounted for.
The president signed a federal disaster declaration Saturday evening. The White House said in a statement that the action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Boulder County, thought other counties could be added later.
Rescuers issued stern warnings Saturday to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies.
National Guard helicopters and truck convoys carried the admonition into paralyzed canyon communities where thousands of stranded residents were eager to escape the Rocky Mountain foothills. But not everybody was willing to go. Dozens of people in the isolated community of Jamestown wanted to stay to watch over their homes.
"Essentially, what they were threatening us with is, 'If you stay here, you may be here for a month,'" said 79-year-old Dean Hollenbaugh, who was evacuated by Chinook helicopter from Jamestown, northwest of Boulder.
Special education teacher Brian Shultz, 38, was torn about leaving his Jamestown home.
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