September 13, 2013

    Photo: Jonathan Trappe/Facebook

Balloon Cluster Atlantic Crossing Fails

Man touches down in Newfoundland

A man held aloft by hundreds of helium-filled balloons touched down in Newfoundland Thursday after falling short of his goal to cross the Atlantic. "This doesn't look like France," he posted on Facebook.

Jonathan Trappe took off from Maine Thursday morning on what was expected to be a three- to six-day journey across the Atlantic. He was hoping to become the first person to cross the ocean Up style. But he experienced trouble guiding his craft and touched down safely Thursday night in Newfoundland.

Trappe previously crossed the English Channel using a cluster of balloons. He'd been working on the trans-Atlantic crossing for two years and was riding in a basket that could have doubled as a lifeboat were he forced to conduct a water landing.

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WATCH: Boulder Floods, Residents Kayak

Dozens of people stranded

Flash floods in northern Colorado have left at least three people dead and many residents and motorists in and around Boulder stranded. Rescue crews have been hampered by widespread high waters and outages, and the National Weather Service has called the flooding an "extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation."

According to the Denver Post, the National Guard has been called in to help rescue stranded citizens and towns cut off by the flood, but weather conditions have limited the use of rescue helicopters.

Below we’ve rounded up the most incredible videos of the flooding, filmed by Boulder residents over the past 24 hours.  

Some footage from the northeast edge of boulder showing the extent of the flooding.

Not everyone is hunkering down. Here, an enterprising kayaker takes on the swollen Boulder Creek. According to the description, the creek is running at 1,800 cfs.

Lacking a kayak, these Boulder bros (Broulders?) have taken to riding a mountain bike upstream in a city underpass.

Near the CU Boulder campus, students have chosen to wait out the disaster by tubing in the foot tunnels.

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