Torrential downpours continue Friday as massive flooding wreaks havoc across parts of Colorado, killing at least three people.
An estimated six inches of rain fell in just 24 hours, flooding homes and the University of Colorado in Boulder. Highways and roads have been turned into rivers, causing streets to cave in and trapping drivers inside their cars.
"We were able to use ropes to stabilize the vehicles first and then we had the rescue boats so we were able to break in and pull them out of the vehicle," Sarah Farris with North Metro Fire District said.
Officials have urged 4,000 people in the flood-ravaged city of Boulder to evacuate their homes and seek shelter on higher ground.
One family was trapped on the second floor of their home after several dams were breached by flood waters.
Shelters have been opened for evacuated and displaced residents. Remote mountain communities have been completely cut off by washed out roads. Mud slides and rock slides have also been reported.
The bad weather is hampering rescue efforts as responders try to make their way to some of the most intensely affected areas.
"It was really like driving up a river is how I'd put it," Nick Christensen with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said.
Officials say the flash floods have turned deadly, claiming the lives of several people. One person was killed when his car was swept away by flood waters.
"We know that we've lost lives. We anticipate that as the day goes on...that we may find that we've lost others," Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama approved federal disaster relief for the state after a request from Colorado's governor.
"I wish it would just stop raining," resident Tim Leddy said. "Colorado is typically dry and we always pray for rain...but I think we got our wish and then some."
Meanwhile, flood warnings remains in effect through Friday evening for several Colorado counties, with the threat of more thunderstorms bringing even more flash floods.