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Homes, businesses inundated by floodwaters

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The co-owner of a Colorado company says, "We're out of business for a long time."

The company's warehouse was inundated by the floodwaters that have been cascading down from the Colorado Rockies, turning entire towns into muddy swamps.

National Guard troops have been working to rescue more people stranded in isolated communities in the Rocky Mountain foothills, after conducting more than 100 evacuations yesterday. Helicopters are on search-and-rescue operations in Boulder County and around Fort Collins

About 90 miles of Interstate 25 were closed today from Denver to Cheyenne, Wyo., because of flooding.

In one community, pressure from the water rushing down from the mountains caused sewer grates to erupt into huge black geysers.

So far, at least three people have been killed and another is missing. Hundreds more have been forced to seek emergency shelter.

Colorado's heavily-populated Front Range has received more than 15 inches of rain this week. That's about half the amount of precipitation that normally falls in the area during an entire year.

A Boulder County spokesman said 20 people were unaccounted for today. But he said that doesn't mean they're missing -- it just means that authorities haven't heard back from them.

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