20130914_092045_APTOPIX Colorado Flooding_300

Thousands of residents in Colorado have been driven from their homes after floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Rockies, stranding hikers and residents in rural communities slammed by days of steady rain.

Rescuers issued stern warnings Saturday 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 carried the admonition into paralyzed canyon communities where thousands of stranded residents were eager to escape the Rocky Mountain foothills. But not everybody was willing to go. Dozens of people in the isolated community of Jamestown wanted to stay to watch over their homes.