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Driver rescued from flooded intersection

By Emily Allen, Multimedia Journalist /Target 13 Investigator , emily.allen@krdo.com
Published On: Sep 15 2013 08:20:38 PM CDT
EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

Firefighters rescued a driver trapped in his truck at a flooded intersection Sunday. 

Colorado Springs firefighters pulled a man from his white pickup truck at Sifred Boulevard and Date Street around 2 p.m.  It was one of several water rescues for firefighters as heavy rain inundated parts of Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department said the driver and his truck were hit by a wall of water as he drove through the intersection.  The driver was OK.

Runoff from the surrounding area funnels into a drainage ditch that spills into the intersection.

Glen Reed lives next to the intersection. He said it's a hazard nearly every time it rains. Heavy rain makes the road look more like a river. Reed watched the rescue from his home.  He said the rushing water was level with the bottom of the truck's body. 

It's not the first time Reed has been front row for a water rescue.

"I've been here about seven years and about five or six times it's gotten scary," said Reed. "Last year, there was a small white car and the water just took it right over.  The water has so much force, it's unbelievable."

Water pinned another car against these posts two weeks ago. There are signs near the intersection telling people to stay away when it rains. The signs don't deter some drivers.

"They get a thrill out of it but it's pretty dangerous. If they saw the tunnels down there where the water goes they don't want to be going in there that's for sure," said Reed.

Reed doesn't take any chances. He takes the long way home when it rains.

The intersection will be closed until the water recedes.

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