Poudre Canyon flash flood: 'One dead and others missing' as dangerous Colorado mudslides sweep homes away

AT least one person is dead and two others are reported to be missing after “dangerous” flooding hit northern Colorado.

Search and rescue crews pulled a body from the Poudre River on Tuesday while homes were swept away in mudslides.


It’s reported that two people are missing, according to KMGH.

Their identities have not been released by cops.

It comes after the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the region and it’s reported that at least five homes were damaged.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered and residents were told to leave the area. Orders were lifted early on Wednesday morning.

The Larimer County's sheriff's office said the weather pattern is "expected" on Wednesday and told residents to remain "alert".

More than 100 customers in the upper Poudre Canyon region were without power as mudslides hit the area on Tuesday, knocking down power lines.

Heavy rain from the Cameron Peak burn scar sent debris hurtling into the river.

Burn scars are areas of land that have been destroyed by wildfires.

'FLOODY HELL'

Areas are vulnerable to flooding if there are no trees or plants to hold the rainfall.

Parts of the state were hit by flash floods last week as thunderstorms were reported near the Glenwood Canyon and in the southern counties of Huerfano and Costilla, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Colorado is not the only state that has been battered by flash floods in recent days.

Cars in Flagstaff, Arizona were sent hurtling down streets by the intense waters as authorities issued a shelter warning and told residents to stay at home.

Coconino County officials said around 2.5inches of rain was reported in Flagstaff on July 14.

Debris up to one foot deep was reported in the Sunnyside area while two inches of rain fell on the Museum Fire burn scar.

And, around 20,000 homes in Phoenix were without electricity as torrential rains battered the drought-stricken state.

Parts of the western United States are facing their fourth heatwave in the past five weeks.

Over 16 million people already faced triple-digit temperatures during the last three heat waves that rampaged the region.

The western US baked as Las Vegas hit a record of 117 degrees – barely two weeks after a 1000-year heat event brought record highs of 116 and 121F in Portland and Lytton, Canada.

Scientists believe the 1000-year heat event that has the Northwest would have been "virtually impossible" without human-caused climate change.

Meanwhile, in Seattle, the city appears on par to record 21 100-degree days in a year as a prolonged spell of hot weather continues.


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