One person has died and two more are missing in an area of Colorado’s canyon after a flash flood on Tuesday, officials said.
Emergency evacuations have been issued for parts of Larimer County due to flooding in Poudre Canyon, west of Fort Collins.
Poudre Valley Electric Co-op REA tweeted that mudslides had destroyed power lines and bridges were out of service, making it difficult to assess damage.
One person’s body was found and authorities were looking for others confirmed to be missing, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jered Kramer said in an email.
Up to an inch of rain could have fallen on the Cameron Peak Fire burn scar in Larimer County on Tuesday, according to radar estimates, said Bob Kleyla, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.
Last year’s fire was the largest in Colorado history and burned more than 208,000 acres.
Areas scorched by forest fires are prone to mudslides as the ground no longer absorbs precipitation and it descends, Kleyla said.