Flooding in Manitou Springs, Highway Closed, Homes Destroyed


MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — Heavy rain brought more mud and high water into Manitou Springs Monday afternoon. A Flash Flood Warning was in effect for West Central El Paso County including the Waldo Canyon burn scar until 5:30 p.m.

Highway 24 was closed from Pikes Peak Highway to Ridge Road. So was Manitou Ave. into the town to all but emergency vehicles.

FOX31 Denver reporter Greg Nieto says pea-sized hail was falling in the town along with steady, heavy rain at about 3:30 p.m.

Officials reported the water was rising in Fountain Creek and advised people to stay away from the area.

The Red Cross opened an evacuation center at the 1st Congregational Church at 103 Pawnee Ave. in Manitou Springs.  As of 3:30 p.m., there were 20 people at the shelter, the Red Cross spokesman Bill Fortune said.

The Colorado Springs Emergency Operations Center was activated late Monday afternoon and was in “monitoring” mode.

Flash flooding in the same area killed one man on Friday. All other people reported missing after the storm have been found and they are safe.

At least six homes were destroyed and 30 were damaged.

Massive Mudslide Washes Cars Away in Colorado

Manitou Springs, Colo.

A bulldozer works to clear mud from Hwy. 24 after a mudslide closed the road just west of Manitou Springs, Colo., Wednesday, July 10, 2013. A storm sent rocks, mud, debris and water rushing down part of U.S. 24 in a canyon in Manitou Springs, leaving some vehicles covered or stuck in mud.      (AP Photo/The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett)

SOURCE  11 July, 2013

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo.  — A thunderstorm has sent rocks, mud, debris and running water rushing down part of U.S. 24 in a canyon in Manitou Springs, leaving some vehicles covered or stuck in mud.

The rockslide closed a four-mile stretch of U.S. 24 Wednesday afternoon. El Paso County sheriff’s officials said there was no immediate report of injuries.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter for people seeking higher ground.

The National Weather Service had issued flash flood warnings Wednesday afternoon for areas scarred by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year and the Black Forest Fire this year, since soil and vegetation that normally would absorb rainfall there has been burned away.