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Highway 24 open in both directions after being closed because of flooding

By Marty Venticinque, Noon Meteorologist, m.venticinque@krdo.com
Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Jul 10 2013 06:02:39 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2013 10:46:50 AM CDT

Flash flooding along US 24 near Manitou Springs

July 10, 2013 -

Heavy rain over the Waldo Canyon burn scar resulted in more flash flooding over US 24 near Manitou Springs Wednesday afternoon.

Viewer submitted video shows a car being swept down the highway in the fast moving water.

Highway 24 was closed because of the flash flooding and mudslides just to the west of Manitou Springs. It is now open in both directions.

No injuries were reported on US 24, but two people had to be rescued from Fountain Creek in Manitou Springs. They were taken to the hospital to be treated for unknown injuries.

A Red Cross Shelter was opened at First Congregational Church, 101 Pawnee Avenue, Manitou Springs. Motorists whose cars were stranded on US 24 were taken to this shelter.

A storm on July 1 generated flooding in downtown Manitou Springs. Wednesday's storm spared most of the city of Manitou Springs, with the worst of the flooding happening on US 24 west of town.

Flash flooding was also reported near the Black Forest Fire burn scar Wednesday afternoon.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says that Shoup Road has reopened after being closed because of flooding. A spokesman from the sheriff's office says as much as 30" of water was flowing over the road at the height of the storm.

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