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Wrap up: Midweek storms pummel Colorado Springs area

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:43:41 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 17 2014 01:00:39 PM CDT

Severe storms were no match for the flood mitigation projects in Manitou Springs Wednesday night.

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Highway 24 has reopened through Ute Pass after another round of storms brought flash flooding to the Pikes Peak Region Wednesday night.

The highway was closed between Cave of the Winds and Cascade. It reopened around 12 a.m. Thursday. Drivers spent hours stuck in their cars on either side of the closure. 

The Red Cross says a total of 14 stranded drivers sought refuge at a shelter at 103 Pawnee Avenue in Manitou Springs.

The Red Cross also opened a shelter in Walsenburg for 157 scouts that were evacuated from their camp due to flooding.  This is the second time Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch has been evacuated in the past two weeks. Red Cross set up a shelter for the scouts at the community center in Walsenburg.

The Huerfano County Office of Emergency Management says five people were treated for minor injuries at Spanish Peaks Regional Hospital.

11 people from two families who were evacuated from Chipita Park were given overnight lodging.

People had to be rescued from cars that were stuck in flood water at the intersection of 19th Street and Uintah Street on the west side of Colorado Springs.

Water roared down staircases in Manitou Springs and gushed out of Williams Canyon into Fountain Creek, putting recently completed flood control projects to the test.

One Manitou Springs resident watched the flow of Williams Canyon into Fountain Creek and said he was pleased that the retention walls kept the water from flooding nearby homes.

"As far as I can see, the city is doing a great job at mitigating the flooding out of Williams Canyon," said Michael Maio.

The flooding was widespread across El Paso County.

A swollen Jimmy Camp Creek was flowing over Peaceful Valley Road near Fountain Wednesday evening, making the road impassible.

In eastern El Paso County, flooding closed Sanborn Rd. at Baggett Rd., Sanborn Road east of Ellicott Rd., Baggett Rd. 1/2 mile north of Sanborn Rd., Franciville Coal Mine from highway 94 south, Handle Rd. between Ellicott Rd. and Baggett Rd. and Truckton Rd. between John Rd. and County Line.

A flash flood watch was issued for all of southern Colorado until midnight.

The watch included Colorado Springs and Pueblo. It also included all of the burn scars in the area.

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The storms didn't just bring flooding to southern Colorado Wednesday.

Lightning is being blamed for a fire that damaged a home in the 8200 block of Candleflower Circle.

The Southwest Highway 115 Volunteer Fire Department says a woman was hurt when her car was hit by lightning. They say the strike fried the car's electrical system and caused its airbags to deploy.

Multiple KRDO NewsChannel 13 viewers sent in photos from the Stetson Hills neighborhood showing trees that were blown down by strong wind gusts.

A flood warning continues for the Arkansas River at La Junta until at least Thursday afternoon. Minor flooding has been reported.

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