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People rescued by helicopters from Colo flooding

BROOMFIELD, CO - SEPTEMBER 12: Three vehicles crashed into a creek after the road washed out from beneath them near Dillon Rd. and 287 in Broomfield Colorado, September 12, 2013 in heavy flooding. Three people were rescued. (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images) (Andy Cross, Copyright - 2013 The Denver Post, MediaNews Group.)
BROOMFIELD, CO - SEPTEMBER 12: Three vehicles crashed into a creek after the road washed out from beneath them near Dillon Rd. and 287 in Broomfield Colorado, September 12, 2013 in heavy flooding. Three people were rescued. (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images) (Andy Cross, Copyright - 2013 The Denver Post, MediaNews Group.)
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Updated: 9/13/2013 9:45 pm
LYONS, Colo. (AP) -- Thousands of people who were stranded by floodwaters have been able to make their way down from communities in the Colorado Rockies today.

Authorities have been working to evacuate 2,500 people from the isolated mountain community of Lyons -- either by National Guard convoys or airlifts.

One of the evacuees says she heard sirens going off in the middle of the night, and her husband said they needed to leave. They stepped out of their trailer and into rushing water that nearly reached their knees. Mary Hemme says she tried to drive away, but the river was rushing at her -- so she "threw it in reverse" as fast as she could.

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National Guard troops, aided by a break in the weather, started airlifting nearly 300 residents from the small community of Jamestown. It's been cut off and without power or water for more than a day.

The relentless rush of water from higher ground turned towns into muddy swamps. And after a brief lull, the rain returned this afternoon.

The body of a woman who had been swept away by floodwaters was found today near Boulder, raising the death toll to four.
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