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Genevieve Marquez, left, and Miranda Woodard help salvage and clean property Monday in an area inundated after days of flooding in Hygeine, Colo. Mountain towns cut off for days by massive flooding slowly reopened Monday, to reveal cabins toppled, homes ripped from their foundations and everything covered in a thick layer of muck.

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Colorado evacuees return to find more heartbreak

Weary Colorado evacuees have begun returning home after days of rain and flooding, but Monday’s clearing skies and receding waters revealed only more heartbreak: toppled houses, upended vehicles and a stinking layer of muck covering everything.


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