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Returning Coloradans find sickening flood damage

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Molly Morton, left, hugs Jenna Brink, center right, outside Brink's flood-damaged trailer at the River Bend Mobile Home Park in Lyons, Colo., as Brink's mother, Christine Brink takes a break from clearing belongings from the trailer on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Hundreds of evacuees were allowed past National Guard roadblocks Thursday to find a scene of tangled power lines, downed utility poles, and mud-caked homes and vehicles.

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Dirk Huntington checks on a friend's flood-damaged trailer at the River Bend Mobile Home Park in Lyons, Colo., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Hundreds of evacuees were allowed past National Guard roadblocks Thursday to find a scene of tangled power lines, downed utility poles, and mud-caked homes and vehicles.

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Coloradans who ventured back into the flood-ravaged town of Lyons found scenes of stomach-turning destruction, with dozens of homes destroyed, family keepsakes missing, food spoiling and mud everywhere. "It's just sickening," said Gloria Simpson, whose family salvaged some of her grandmother's handmade quilts Thursday from her 81-year-old father's home.
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    • Molly Morton, left, hugs Jenna Brink, center right, outside Brinkís flood-damaged trailer at the River Bend Mobile Home Park in Lyons, Colo., as Brinkís mother, Christine Brink takes a break from clearing belongings from the trailer on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Hundreds of evacuees were allowed past National Guard roadblocks Thursday to find a scene of tangled power lines, downed utility poles, and mud-caked homes and vehicles.
    • Dirk Huntington checks on a friendís flood-damaged trailer at the River Bend Mobile Home Park in Lyons, Colo., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Hundreds of evacuees were allowed past National Guard roadblocks Thursday to find a scene of tangled power lines, downed utility poles, and mud-caked homes and vehicles.
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