Wednesday, July 10, 2013

UPDATE: Here we go again: Flooding returns

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Good news! Looks like U.S. 24 will reopen soon:


Eastbound and westbound Highway 24 remains closed between 31st Street in Colorado Springss and Cascade. CDOT estimates eastbound will reopen in about 1/2 hour - one vehicle needs to be removed - and westbound in 1 to 1 1/2 hours. About 15 vehicles need to be removed from the roadway.

Minor flooding occurred at Cascade. More intense flooding occurred at Waldo Canyon and Rainbow Falls. Debris in this area included rocks, logs and mud.

No injuries or road damage have been reported.


One word: Ombrophobia.

It means the fear of rain, and it may very well be a common condition in the Pikes Peak area these days. This afternoon's downpour has already caused damage, sending a mudslide careening across U.S. 24 near Cascade.

The highway will be closed at 31st Street until the debris can be removed. There is no current estimate for when that might be. Shoup Road in Black Forest was also affected by flooding.

Manitou Springs is on a flash flood watch, Manitou spokesperson Dave Hunting says, and residents of a creekside trailer park have been evacuated as a precaution.

So far, however, it appears most people are safe. We checked with the home and business owners in high flood risk areas that we profiled in the cover story "Prey for Rain." They had all witnessed rising waters but said they had not seen any flooding thus far.

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