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Colorado Flooding

Beginning September 12th, heavy rainfall began to cause flooding in Boulder, Colorado and other areas of Colorado as well. On September 12th alone, Boulder received 9.08 inches of rain. This record rainfall created canyons of water that poured hundreds of tons of water per second into towns like Boulder. Now that the water has receded, damage is beginning to be known. As of September 19th, 17 counties were affected; there were 6 reported fatalities, 201 people were still unaccounted for, 18,000+ have been evacuated, and 14 shelters remain open. Over 1,500 structures have been destroyed, and the number of structures damaged exceeds 17,000. The latest estimates on property damage are around $2 billion. (CNN, LA Times, Colorado Office of Emergency Management, Reuters)