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Heavy rain causes flooding across much of Colorado

Published On: Jul 30 2014 07:25:29 AM CDT

Colorado State Patrol

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Wolcott Tuesday night because of a mudslide.

DENVER -

Combining weather systems are drawing moisture into Colorado, causing flooding across the state.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for nearly the whole state Tuesday. High and low pressure systems, combined with typical summer monsoon moisture, caused 2 to 3 inches of rain to fall in less than an hour in some places Tuesday afternoon.

Street flooding was reported in several areas in Denver and in communities north of the city in Weld and Larimer counties. The Greeley Tribune reports firefighters in Windsor rescued at least five motorists after they drove into standing water. Meanwhile, the Colorado Department of Transportation closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Wolcott because of a mudslide and U.S. 287 south of Eads because of flooding.

The rain is expected to continue into Wednesday.

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