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Manitou Springs police, fire keeping people away from heavy damage

By Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
Published On: Aug 09 2013 11:56:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 10 2013 12:50:44 AM CDT

Manitou Springs emergency responders are keeping people out of the flooded zone Friday night. Joe Dominguez reports.

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. -

Fire and police in Manitou Springs worked late into Friday night searching homes and businesses in the path of a flash flood that caused evacuations Friday evening.

The flash floods swept through Manitou Avenue and Canon Avenue causing extensive damage and injuring three people, according to a spokesman for the Manitou Springs Fire Department.

A person was reported missing to the Manitou Springs Fire Department as well but one source said that person is no longer missing.

Firefighters kept people from both streets as they surveyed the damage and searched for those injured and trapped by the flood water and mud.

Utilities crews were also out in force fixing natural gas lines broken by flood water.

"We urge people not to come down to the flood waters to see what's going on," said David Hunting, a spokesman for the city of Manitou Springs. "It's not safe. We urge people to stay above the floodwaters and let the emergency responders do their jobs."

An emergency shelter has been set up at the First Congregational Church at 103 Pawnee Avenue. Mental health professionals will be available at the Red Cross Shelter in Manitou Springs on Saturday.

Police were checking the ID's of people in Manitou Springs on Friday night to ensure only residents are coming into the city.

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