The search for people stranded from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the plains of northeastern Colorado grew more difficult Sunday, with a new wave of rain threatening to hamper airlifts from the flooded areas still out of reach.
As rescuers broke through to flood-ravaged Colorado towns, they issued a stern warning Saturday to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies.
National Guard troops have resumed truck convoys to ferry stranded Lyons residents through the floodwaters to shelter.
The American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma is sending several volunteers to Colorado to help out with flooding relief efforts.
Conditions were so bad in Jamestown the only way out for stranded residents was to be airlifted by military helicopters. The rescue involved almost 300 people.
When the National Guard went into Lyons to evacuate residents in the cut off Boulder County town, Mary Hemme was one of the first to leave.
By truck and helicopter, thousands of people stranded by floodwaters came down from the Colorado Rockies on Friday.
Officials with the National Guard are working to evacuate residents from the city of Lyons, one of the towns hardest hit by flooding this week.
No one can get in or out of the town of Lyons after overnight flooding. The National Guard has made it into Lyons to help those trapped there.
Fire crews have 65 percent containment on the Royal Gorge Fire and the Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park has grown to nearly 500 acres.