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LYONS - Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said the town of Lyons was cut off because of flooded roads, and residents were huddling together on higher ground. Although everyone was believed to be safe, the deluge was expected to continue into Friday.

The National Guard has reached the town of Lyons and is providing humanitarian aid. National Guard trucks brought a handful of evacuees out, including a woman in a wheelchair. Ambulances were waiting to transport those who needed medical attention. More Guard trucks are prepared to head back to the isolated town.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, the Red Cross met with the National Guard so that the National Guard can help transport 200 cots, 200 blankets and three Red Cross shelter workers to support the shelter at Lyons Elementary School (north of High Street on 4th), where approximately 200 residents are evacuated. Red Cross workers and supplies were unable to reach this site without National Guard support due to impassibility of roads and hazardous wastewater en route to the site. Access continues to be difficult.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory on behalf of the Town of Lyons due to the flooding. No contamination has been detected. The Town of Lyons issued the boil water advisory as a precaution to protect the public from any possible breach of the drinking water system.

Residents are advised not drink tap water without boiling it first. Residents should bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Until further notice boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food.

A breach in the drinking water distribution system, if present, may introduce disease-causing organisms into the water system. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches. If residents experience any of the symptoms described above and symptoms persist, they may want to seek medical advice from their health care provider.

About 7 miles south of Lyons, down U.S. 36, residents of Crestview Estates are dealing with flooded homes and debris washing up from a swollen Left Hand Creek.

"It's ferocious. It sounds like the rapids on the Colorado," Crestview resident Doug Hofmeister said. 

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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