At least one person is dead in Manitou Springs, Colo., after a mudslide and flash flooding Friday night caused massive damage in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon wildfire last year.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a man’s body was found in flash flooding debris along U.S. 24 on Friday, KUSA reported. The body was not found inside a vehicle, and the identity of the victim is not yet known as no form of identification was with the body.
At least three others were injured as violent floodwaters swept through much of the town, lifting homes from their foundations, littering the streets with debris and pushing vehicles off the highway, The Gazette reported.
The mudslide closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, located west of Colorado Springs. The highway has been partially reopened. Flooding also closed part of U.S. 50.
“It’s just absolute chaos,” Elissa Hokenstad, assistant manager of the Manitou Springs Arcade, told the Gazette.
“We always have to keep it in the back of our minds, but I didn’t think it would happen tonight,” said Hokenstad, who spent the evening with employees mopping mud from the game room floors and pumping water from flooded basements.
Michael Cercone told the Gazette that he saw a home get swept away in the flood waters.
“I never expected like a home to wash down the street, not at all,” Cercone said.