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Two backpackers became stranded on Longs Peak, one of Colorado's highest mountains, after the weather turned. Suzanne Turell and Connie Yang of York, Maine, last sent a text message Thursday with their GPS coordinates, but their cellphones went dead, said Turell's mother, Barbara.
The pair hiked off the mountain themselves as the National Park Service was organizing a rescue effort.
The park service closed Rocky Mountain National Park and was escorting visitors and residents of Estes Park on a trail over the Continental Divide.
In Lyons, residents took shelter on higher ground, including some at an elementary school, before convoys could push through the water and into the isolated town. The convoys carried 15 people at a time to buses beyond the roadblocks, past cheering crowds.
Dawn Lundell and John Johnson decided not to wait, instead hiking from the town through 200 yards of water in a canal. They described a "calm, reasonably festive" atmosphere among those who remained.
"Nobody minds roughing it a little bit in Lyons. We're all outdoorsy people. We call it Mayberry. Everybody helps each other and everybody loves each other, so we're all helping each other out," Lundell said.
The Big Thompson Canyon, scene of the deadliest flash flood in state history in 1976, was devastated by the latest flooding.
Numerous homes have been destroyed there and the roadway has been swept away in many locations, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said.
Between the Big Thompson and Little Thompson rivers, Jose Ayala spent Friday morning picking through what was left of his family's possessions in their two-story farmhouse near Berthoud.
He and his sons watched the waters rise all Thursday evening, finally making the decision to flee at 11 p.m. with some documents and a computer.
"The rest is in the house. All gone, basically," Ayala said.
Some of the flooding was exacerbated by wildfire "burn scars" that have spawned flash floods all summer in the mountains. The flames strip away vegetation that normally helps absorbs excess water and leave a residue that sheds water.
One person was killed when a structure in Jamestown collapsed. Another man drowned in floodwaters north of Boulder while trying to help the woman whose body was found Friday.
To the south, Colorado Springs officers conducting flood patrols found the body of a 54-year-man in a creek.