Flash flooding shuts down Highway 24 on July 10


An afternoon thunderstorm on July 10 near Manitou Springs sent rocks, boulders, debris and mud down the Waldo Canyon burn scar. The flooding closed Highway 24 in both directions for several hours.

Vehicles were damaged and some people were trapped as emergency crews arrived on the scene to help calm the chaos.

There was no report of injuries, but two people had to be rescued from Fountain Creek in Manitou Springs. The American Red Cross opened a shelter for people at First Congregational Church in Manitou Springs. Colorado Department of Transportation workers used heavy machinery to help clear the mess.

The rockslide closed a four-mile stretch of the highway. Beginning at about 3:30 p.m., the highway was closed starting at 31st Street to Cascade. The eastbound part of the highway reopened at about 6 p.m. The westbound lanes opened shortly after 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo issued a flash flood warning that was in effect until 6 p.m. that day. Colorado Springs Utilities reported several outages in the area.

Flash flooding was also reported near the Black Forest burn area. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said that Shoup Road was closed for a short time because of flooding. Eye witnesses said that as much as 30" of water was flowing over the road at the height of the storm.


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