Authorities on Monday recovered the body of a third person who died after flooding and mudslide activity roiled parts of Colorado last week.
At about 10 a.m., the corpse of an adult man was located in the Poudre River, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office announced. A day prior, the body of another man was found in the same area. Both of the deceased will be identified and assigned a cause of death at a later date.
Last Tuesday, officials in Rustic, a small community 100 miles from Denver, located the corpse of a woman shortly after flash flooding ripped through Poudre Canyon and jetted debris throughout the area.
FLASH FLOODS IN COLORADO LEAVE ONE DEAD AND TWO MISSING
At least five structures were destroyed, and a highway was temporarily shut down. Authorities issued mandatory evacuations for residents and business occupants in the area as they were in "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. Evacuating immediately not only supports your safety, but also allows emergency crews better access to the area," the statement added.
Poudre Valley REA, the electric cooperative in the area, reported at the time that crews were working to restore power to some locations amid the flooding, though they warned that "with bridges out and debris not allowing us to cross the river, we aren't able to finish assessing the damages at this time."
The local emergency occurred in an area that was scorched by the 326-square-mile Cameron Peak fire, the largest blaze in the state's history. Experts posited that the charred ground made the region unstable and more vulnerable to flooding.
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