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Flash Flooding Forces Evacuation in Manitou Springs

A flash flood poured into Manitou Springs from the Waldo Canyon burn scar on Monday, damaging 20 homes, forcing dozens to evacuate, and even causing the closure of US Highway 24 for several hours. A spokesman for the National Weather Service said that the burned areas of Waldo Canyon got nearly 6 tenths of an inch of rain in less than 20 minutes. The storm that produced the rain was moving fast, however, or the damage could have been much worse, the spokesman said. Authorities warned that more rain is expected this week in the Waldo Canyon area, and citizens should be ready to react if the National Weather Service issues another flash flood warning.

As Manitou residents and business owners were shoveling mud and cleaning up from the flooding on Tuesday, officials were keeping a close eye on the weather, as more heavy rains are possible Tuesday afternoon and through the week. Local establishments were open for business despite the cleanup efforts, and neighboring communities chipped in with dumptrucks and bulldozers to help mush mud and debris away from homes and roads. During Monday's flooding, about 165 residents of were evacuated from their homes, mainly those in the RV park adjacent to Fountain Creek and a mobile home park at 30th and Hwy. 24. Of the 20 damaged homes, eight sustained serious damage. Of the eight, three were completely destroyed.

July 2, 2012

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