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At least 1 person is dead and 3 others are missing after dangerous flooding in northern Colorado

By Joe Sutton and Hollie Silverman, CNN

Flooding in northern Colorado claimed the life of at least one person, while three other people are missing, authorities said Wednesday.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release it recovered the body of one female and was working to locate another female and two males following flooding in Poudre Canyon area.

“The Coroner’s Office will identify the deceased, along with cause and manner of death,” the sheriff’s office said.

The local Highway 14 was opened for traffic, but the Poudre River was closed — from the Fish Hatchery to the mouth of the canyon — until further notice, authorities said.

“This restriction applies to all watercraft craft and the restrictions are being imposed in response to disaster relief and debris removal relating to the flooding and mudslides into the Poudre River near the Black Hollow Road bridge that occurred on July 20,” they said.

The Sheriff’s Office said restrictions will likely last through the weekend and that there are forecasts for more potential flooding in the coming days.

Several homes damaged

A flash flood warning for the area was put out by the National Weather Service Boulder.

At least five homes were damaged in the flooding, KMGH reported.

The sheriff’s office previously issued mandatory evacuations due to flooding in the area.

“Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents and business occupants due to immediate and imminent danger. Evacuate the area immediately and as quickly as possible. Do not delay leaving to gather belongings or make efforts to protect your home or business,” it said in an alert.

Officials lifted the mandatory evacuation in the area early Wednesday, an updated alert from the sheriff’s office said, but there are still concerns about the weather pattern.

“We ask that residents remain alert to the weather conditions in the event additional evacuations may be necessary,” the alert said.

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