More people evacuated; progress reaching cut-off communities

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LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Rescuers are continuing to get through to flood-ravaged Colorado towns and are issuing a stern warning to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies.

National Guard helicopters and truck convoys are carrying that admonition into paralyzed canyon communities where thousands of stranded residents are eager to escape the Rocky Mountain foothills. But not everybody is willing to leave their home.

Today, the surge of water reached the plains east of the mountains, cutting off more communities.

Hundreds of people still haven't been heard from in the flood zone, which has expanded to cover portions of an area nearly the size of Connecticut.

A woman is missing and presumed dead after witnesses saw floodwaters destroy her home.

Four people have been confirmed dead since the floods began Wednesday, but authorities say that number is likely to grow.

The military has put more troops on the ground and helicopters in the air to aid in the search-and-rescue effort. So far, the National Guard says nearly 800 people and their pets have been evacuated.

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