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1 dead, 1 missing following Manitou Springs flood Friday

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Aug 09 2013 06:41:43 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 11 2013 10:36:27 PM CDT

Highway 24 remains open through storm. Michelle San Miguel reports.

A destructive flash flood hit Manitou Springs on Friday, August 9, 2013, killing at least one person.  Refresh this article for important updates.

7:00 p.m. -  A spokesman for Manitou Springs shares information about the number and volume of volunteers have been doing clearing out the mud and debris from Friday's storm. 300 volunteers worked on Sunday. So far, they've cleared 2000 cubic yards of material. Clean up work is expected to continue through Friday.

6:00 p.m. - Crews out looking for flooding above Highway 24 give the all clear after storms in the area prompted a flash flood advisory and warning.

12:40 p.m. Sunday, August 11th: El Paso County Officials say Juston Travis, one of the 2 people who was unaccounted for, has contacted his mother and is OK.  

8:55 p.m. - Calling the post wildfire flash floods part of the course of nature, official says more floods likely on US 24 and in Manitou Springs. Says only thing that might prevent them is prayer. 

8:54 p.m. - Regional building says 6 buildings are unsafe to enter. 11 safe to enter briefly, but unsafe to live in.

8:52 p.m. - One of three missing people has been located. Man named Steve who lives on Narrows Road accounted for. Juston Travis, 24, and an unidentified woman who may have washed away after clinging to a tree are still listed as missing. 

8:10 p.m. - All lanes of Highway 24 reopened.

12:52 p.m. - Authorities say the body of 53-year-old John Collins of Teller County was recovered from a large amount of debris that covered the westbound lanes of Highway 24 near the Manitou Springs exit. Collins' was found in the same general area, and it is unknown whether he chose to get out or  if rushing water and debris forced him from his vehicle. The coroner said he drowned.

10:55 a.m. - 3 people unaccounted for. Juston Travis, a man named Steve who lives on Narrows Road, and a woman last seen clinging to a tree. If you have any information on these people please call the El Paso County Sheriff's office at 390-5555.

10:55 a.m. Highway 24 expected to fully re-open later today.

10:59 a.m. - Some homes destroyed, more damaged. Some businesses also damaged. Exact numbers not yet available. 

10:56 a.m. - Manitou Springs and surrounding areas are under a Flash Flood Watch from noon until 9 p.m. Saturday. Click here for your updated StormTracker 13 forecast. 

10:56 a.m. - Manitou Mayor says Manitou is open for business today, about 90% of businesses here not impacted by flooding. He requests visitors steer clear of cleanup workers

10:24 p.m. - Mental health professionals will be available at the Red Cross Shelter in Manitou Springs on Saturday. People who plan to clean up are urged to wear protective gear.

10:24 p.m. - Officials will be checking the identification of people in Manitou Springs tonight.

10:18 p.m. No estimate on when the westbound lanes of US 24 might open.

10:17 p.m. - US 24 Eastbound is now open. One lane will be used to go east, one lane will be used for westbound traffic.

10:09 p.m. - KRDO NewsChannel 13's Joe Dominguez reports the person who was listed as missing following the flood has been located.

10:04 p.m. - Highway 24 remains closed. It could reopen around 10:30, but that is not a for sure thing.

8:46 p.m. - Another news conference may happen at 10 p.m. We're still waiting for word.

8:09 p.m. - 3 hurt, 1 missing per news conference in Manitou Springs.

7:54 p.m. - 2 injuries reported in Manitou Springs. Multiple gas leaks on Cañon Avenue.

7:08 p.m. - News briefing scheduled for 8 p.m. in Manitou Springs.

6:52 p.m. - The Red Cross has opened a shelter at 103 Pawnee Avenue, the Congregational Church in Manitou Springs.

6:47 p.m. - Popular restaurant Adams Mountain Cafe hit hard by flood.

6:34 p.m. - Significant flash flooding has occurred in Manitou Springs. Damage appears extensive.

6:19 p.m. - Scanner traffic *only*: Report of woman hanging from a tree in Manitou Springs.

6:15 p.m. - Unconfirmed report of water rescue at 19th and Uintah.

6:12 p.m. - New video shows flash flooding in Manitou Springs. Video will be posted on KRDO.com soon.

6:10 p.m. - Unconfirmed viewer report of Eastbound US 24 being closed in Cascade.

6:08 p.m. - US 24 is now closed at 31st Street westbound in Colorado Springs.

6:07 p.m. - The National Weather Service 20 cars have been affected by Flash Flooding on US 24. Water rescues underway near Cave of the Winds.

6:03 p.m.- Colorado Springs Fire Department says it is patrolling high risk areas for flooding.

6:02 p.m. - Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Colorado Springs and vicinity until 6:30 p.m. Quarter size hail, wind gusts to 70 mph expected.

5:59 p.m. - Viewer reports siren sounding in Manitou Springs.

5:55 p.m. - The National Weather Service says the most serious threat of flash flooding will occur along US 24 between Green Mountain Falls and Manitou Springs.

5:52 p.m. - Westbound US 24 is closed at Cave of the Winds.

5:48 p.m.  - *UNCONFIRMED* Report of cars caught in slide near Cave of the Winds. US 24 is closed at Cave of the Winds.

5:46 p.m. - Scanner traffic indicates flash flooding is occurring in Ute Pass. Possible debris on US 24. Location and extent unclear.

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