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Death toll in Colo. floods rises to 4

Will Pitner was rescued after spending the night trapped on high ground outside of his home in Boulder, Colo.

Brennan Linsley/Associated Press

Will Pitner was rescued after spending the night trapped on high ground outside of his home in Boulder, Colo.

LYONS, Colo. — Colorado officials have raised the death toll from this week’s flooding to four after a woman’s body was found in Boulder.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said the body found Friday was that of a woman who was swept away Thursday after the vehicle she was riding in got stuck in water north of Boulder.

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A man in the same vehicle died after he got out trying to help her.

A third person died Thursday when a structure in Jamestown collapsed. To the south, Colorado Springs officers found a man’s body in Fountain Creek.

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Pelle says there are 80 people in Boulder County who are still unaccounted for, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are missing.

Floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado Rockies on Friday, transforming normally scenic rivers and creeks into fast, unforgiving torrents and forcing thousands more evacuations from water-logged communities.

Damage assessments were on hold as authorities tried to rescue more than 2,500 people stranded in an emergency that stretched from Colorado Springs all the way to the Wyoming border.

Associated Press

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