Hundreds of people have been rescued from the US state of Colorado after record-breaking heavy rain which led to days of flooding. More than 2,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes with the National Guard deployed to one town to supply food and water while inhabitants await rescue. This link to the New York Times website describes the devastation well.
More than 15in (38cm) of rain – nearly half the region’s annual average – has fallen in a single week, according to the National Weather Service. President Barack Obama has signed an emergency order approving federal disaster aid for Boulder County. Towns such as Jamestown, Lyons and Longmont are said to have been reduced to islands by the swirling floodwaters. USA Today has a great article about the floods which you can find here. You can learn more by following this link to the BBC website, it explains the geography behind the flooding very clearly.