Hikers Stranded in Colorado Storm Save Themselves

Elsewhere, fourth body has been recovered from the flooding

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 13, 2013 6:13 PM CDT | Updated Sep 13, 2013 6:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – The flood misery continues in Colorado, but one piece of good news has emerged: Two women trapped in an ice storm for two days on one of the state's highest mountains managed to walk down to safety, reports the AP. The same storm that has delivered devastating floods pinned the experienced hikers from Maine on Longs Peak. Their plight became known when one texted her sister that they needed help, and the families set up this Tumblr page. Park Service officials couldn't get to them and were trying to organize another rescue attempt, "but they came out on their own," says a ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park. "They are in fine condition."

In Boulder, however, authorities found the body of a 19-year-old woman, bringing the state death toll to four, reports the Denver Post. (The newspaper has thorough coverage of the devastation and rescue operations, including this photo gallery.) The body of the woman's boyfriend had been recovered yesterday—authorities think she got swept away after exiting their car, and he died trying to rescue her. Forecasters, meanwhile, say heavy rain is expected to continue through Sunday, reports CNN.

Suzanne Turell of York, Maine, hiked to safety.   (AP Photo/NEMO Equipment, Inc., William Kramer)
Connie Yang, of York, Maine, hiked to safety.   (AP Photo/NEMO Equipment, Inc., William Kramer)
Storm clouds build over Boulder, Colo., and the Rocky Mountains on Friday.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Colorado National Guardsmen rescue people and pets stranded by flooding in Lyons, Colo., Thursday.   (AP Photo/Army National Guard, Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida)
University of Colorado students carry belongings to an apartment in Boulder, Colo., on Friday.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Rain-swollen Boulder Creek flows around a marker that shows historic flood levels on Friday morning.   (AP Photo/Ben Neary)
Colorado National Guardsmen, including water rescue specialists in red vests, search a flooded neighborhood in Lyons, Colo.   (AP Photo/Army National Guard, Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida)
Water rushes past where a bridge collapsed in a flash flood, in Lyons, Colo.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
A University of Colorado student moves sand from a street where flood waters raged in Boulder, Colo.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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