Flash flooding impacts southern Colorado
Updated On: Jul 14 2014 09:26:52 PM CDT
Monsoon fueled thunderstorms brought severe weather and flash flooding to much of southern Colorado Monday (7/14/14).
A Flash flood warning was issued for parts of El Paso and Pueblo County through the evening.
The first sign of severe weather was a funnel cloud that was spotted near Lamar at around noon.
Rain and hail began to pummel Woodland Park and the surrounding area late in the noon hour.
The first flash flood warning of the day was issued shortly after 1 p.m.
Highway 24 was closed between Manitou Springs and Cascade for most of the afternoon as flash flood warnings were issued, cancelled, and then quickly reissued.
A handful of homes along Fountain Creek in Green Mountain Falls were evacuated voluntarily because of rising water.
In Crystola, a bridge near the Wishing Well Motel was washed out and in Manitou Springs business owners tacked up plywood barriers and stacked sandbags in front of their stores, just in case.
As is typically the case when a flash flood warning is issued for the Waldo Canyon burn scar, the Red Cross opened a shelter at the Historic Congregational Church in Manitou Springs. It has since closed.
Chris Sawyer lives in Manitou Springs. He said Fountain Creek rising is never a good sign.
"This is a great place to bring your family and kids, now we're looking at flooding again and it's not the best thing to see," he said.
John Rutledge is visiting Manitou Springs from Tokyo. He said the heavy rain didn't ruin his vacation with his family.
"We're staying positive through the bad weather," he said.
As the storms spread across El Paso and Pueblo Counties they brought a deluge of rain, flooding streets on the south side of Colorado Springs and the north side of Pueblo. I-25 was underwater near the Eagleridge exit in Pueblo at one point during the storm.
A KRDO NewsChannel 13 viewer posted a video of rushing water. She said it was cutting off traffic on Platteville Road in Pueblo West.
As the storms moved east and grew stronger they brought a new round of flooding to areas that were hit hard over the weekend. In eastern El Paso County, 3"-5" of water reportedly flowed over Peyton Highway while another viewer says hail damaged his home near Ellicott.
StormTracker 13 Meteorologist Rachael Plath says flooding rains will continue to be a concern on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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