Local residents look over a road washed out by a torrent of water following overnight flash flooding near Left Hand Canyon, Colo., on Sept 12, 2013.
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Federal help headed to flood-damaged Colorado

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President Obama on Thursday approved federal disaster assistance for Colorado, with severe flooding continuing to affect several counties. The floods have left at least three people dead and one missing.

Gov. John Hickenlooper requested federal help after floods, landslides, and mudslides swept away homes and bridges and trapped drivers beginning Wednesday in Boulder, El Paso, and Larimer counties. The aid is intended to provide “appropriate assistance for required emergency measures” to save lives and to protect property, public health, and safety, according to a press release issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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The city of Boulder ordered thousands of residents to evacuate overnight into Friday morning. Throughout the day Thursday, people from other counties were also asked to evacuate to avoid rising water levels and increased chances of flash floods.

Officials will continue to assess the scope of the damage, FEMA said.

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Federal help headed to flood-damaged Colorado

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