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.