Residents in Lyons, Colorado say their town has no way out and no way in after a nearby river has flooded the streets.
“So, basically, now we’re just on an island,” Jason Stillman, 37, said, according to the Associated Press.
Stillman and his girlfriend are among the thousands that have been told to evacuate after rivers and creeks rose to dangerous levels. Late night reports from Boulder and the village of Eldorado Springs came as rescuers struggled to reach dozens of people cut off by flooding in Colorado mountain communities.
“This is more like something out of the Bible. I saw one of my neighbors building an ark,” Howard Wachtel said, according to Weather.com.
TheBlaze pulled together some photos of the flooding — including residents trying to make the best of the situation.
Although the flood waters are destructive and dangerous, some were taking advantage of the situation, as you can see in the photos. Officials though would advise against playing in such water due to its potential to carry contaminants or sweep people away.
After destructive floods in West Michigan in the spring, some residents had to be rescued from situations they could have otherwise avoided had they heeded warnings. As a result, legislation was proposed to charge those who needed tax payer-funded rescuing because of “grossly negligent” choices.
At least three people have been killed and another is missing in the Colorado flood. Boulder County spokesman James Burrus said 17 people were unaccounted for Friday.
“Unaccounted for doesn’t mean missing. It means we haven’t heard back from them,” he said.
Take a look at the Associated Press’ report with night footage of the raging water and sirens blaring:
President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Thursday night, freeing federal aid and allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts. The National Guard has already been evacuating residents from some towns.
Since Monday, about 14 inches of rain had fallen in some areas and is expected to continue through Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story has been updated to delete a photo that was accidentally included from Shanghai.