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September 20, 2013

Returning Coloradans find sickening flood damage

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Darren Horwitz saw boulders, broken glass and dislodged propane tanks strewn around Lyons. His truck and sailboat that he parked at a friend's mobile home had been swept away.

"When you get there, the shock sets in," he said.

Bob Ruthrauff, 84, found his home intact, but food was rotting in his refrigerator because electricity had been cut off. He spent his two hours getting rid of the spoilage but was grateful. "We're very lucky. We came home to a dry home," Ruthrauff said.

Utility poles were toppled and power lines were in tangles. Work crews cleared debris and tried to restore power, water and sewer service.

Flooding along the South Platte River pushed into western Nebraska but caused little initial damage.

Amtrak said its Chicago-to-San Francisco California Zephyr train will detour through Wyoming until early October because of flood damage to its route in Colorado. Buses will take passengers to some of the train's normal stops in Colorado and Utah until repairs are completed.

The White House said Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will visit Colorado Monday.

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