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Sep 13, 2013 11:34 AM by Associated Press

Evacuations expand as rain continues falling in Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - National Guard troops have been able to reach the Colorado community of Lyons, among the towns that had been isolated by flooding and left without power and telephone service.

Thousands of additional residents were told to head for higher ground overnight, as the flood threat continues. The rain that has hung over the region all week is still falling.

The city of Fort Collins urged residents of three neighborhoods to evacuate this morning after a surge on a local river sent water over the top of a reservoir.

Authorities in Boulder County say 17 people are unaccounted for.

Recent wildfires have worsened the flooding, stripping the landscape of ground cover that would normally absorb the rain.

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