Evacuees: Lyons residents trapped in homes dangling from cliffs

Rescues ongoing in town cutoff by flooding waters

LYONS, Colo. - The residents just evacuated from the town of Lyons have harrowing accounts of people still trapped inside damaged homes dangling from cliffs.

Lyons is surrounded by flood waters and has been cut off since late Wednesday night.

The Colorado National Guard began rescuing trapped residents early Friday morning.

Some Lyons residents told 7NEWS Anchor Theresa Marchetta that they escaped from homes as they were collapsing, crumbling under surging flood waters.

People say heavy rains have turned the normally trickling St. Vrain Creek, which cuts through Lyons, into a raging river.

They tell of houses being wiped clean from their foundations by flood waters -- leaving no sign a home had ever stood there, Marchetta said.

One woman said she and her boyfriend escaped by driving an all-terrain-vehicle through water covering Highway 36.

Evacuated residents looked exhausted but relieved as they arrived at a shelter at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont.