Flooding in the western U.S. state of Colorado worsened Friday, with thousands of people in and around the city of Boulder forced to evacuate.
The flooding caused by the heavy rains has already killed at least three people. The disaster comes during a major drought in Colorado and follows a string of wildfires, conditions that have added to the crisis.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper asked that residents near the flood area are careful and to stay away from the rising water; the water may look safe to walk through, but he said that people are easily swept away. He also said that they have already lost "a great deal of infrastructure” from the Colorado flooding.
Thursday night, President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for Colorado, releasing federal aid and allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts.