Colorado flooding 2013: Trapped people rescued from Boulder apartment balcony

Firefighters work to rescue a woman from her apartment balcony in Boulder. Photo: KMGH/CNN

(AP/WJLA) - Firefighters and first responders in Boulder, Colo. were able to come to the rescue for several people who were trapped on their apartment balcony during the brunt of heavy rain and flooding in the area.

At least one person is dead as a result of the deluge after several buildings collapsed in a Boulder-area community, while thousands of other residents have been evacuated.

The extreme flash flooding in Colorado's Boulder County has left one person dead and the widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities, as heavy rains hammered northern Colorado on Thursday.

Many roads were closed because of flooding and debris. Coal Creek Canyon northwest of Denver was closed because of a washed-out highway.

The Larimer County office of emergency information said an earthen dam in the Big Elk Meadows area southeast of Estes Park gave way and residents of Pinewood Springs and Blue Mountain were ordered to be ready to evacuate.

Rainfall in recent days that dramatically increased on Wednesday caused the flash flooding that also triggered mudslides and prompted evacuations. The Weather Service said early Thursday that more than four inches of rain had fallen in some areas since noon Wednesday.