Debris-Filled River Rushes Through Colorado Canyon Amid Deadly Flash Flooding

At least one person died and two were missing after flash flooding affected a wildfire-stricken part of northern Colorado on Tuesday, July 20.

Colorado resident Natalie shared footage captured by her doorbell camera showing a rain-swollen Poudre River carrying debris past her home in Rustic on Tuesday afternoon. Natalie said she had evacuated the area earlier but was able to view the doorbell video from her phone.

According to Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, one body had been found and two people were missing as of Wednesday morning. Several structures along Black Hollow Road, west of Rustic, were damaged or destroyed.

The Poudre Canyon was scarred by the 2020 Cameron Peak wildfire and thus subject to substantial erosion. Heavy rain prompted flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder.

A portion of Highway 14 was closed by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). A flash flood watch was in effect for the area again on Wednesday as more rain was forecast to affect the region. Credit: @NattyLight101 via Storyful

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