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Two Dead After Flooding from Heavy Rains

July 13, 1996

BUFFALO CREEK, Colo. (AP) _ A flash flood swept through this mountain town, killing two people, washing out a bridge and two roads, and causing property damage.

The storm hit Friday night, forcing the north fork of the South Platte River out of its banks.

John Tinker, 43, died when his car was trapped on a washed-out road. Alex Salazar, 73, was found near a washed-out road Saturday morning, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Parr. It wasn’t clear exactly when the men died.

The official cause of death has not been determined for either man, said Triena Harper of the county coroner’s office.

Flood waters washed out the main bridge and two roads, limiting access to Buffalo Creek, a town of several hundred people about 35 miles southwest of Denver.

A small firehouse near the river was demolished and a community center used for weddings and potlucks was knocked off its foundation, officials said. The fire department’s $85,000 ambulance was destroyed, said department volunteer Aimee King-Rogers.

There was no major damage to homes.

The American Red Cross brought in a 35,000-gallon water truck to supply residents until service is restored.

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