Weird weather in southern Colorado

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Flood warnings are still in effect in El Paso County in the wake of a storm that brought torrential downpours and hail to some areas.

The National Weather Service said Friday heavy rain caused excessive runoff and could cause flooding along Fountain Creek.

Heavy rains were reported Thursday in Teller and El Paso counties, which were placed under flash flood warnings.

The flood-damaged Colorado city of Manitou Springs has escaped the latest round of torrential rain without any significant flooding.

The heaviest of the Thursday evening's rain fell upstream from the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fire burn areas, preventing runoff and mudslides.

Eric Petersen of the National Weather Service says the most rain fell in an arc to the north of Colorado Springs and also to the southeast. Because of where it fell, the water drained into Fountain Creek. It can hold more water than a smaller creek that contributed to recent deadly flooding in Manitou Springs.

U.S. 24 between Cave of the Winds and Cascade was closed due to a flash flood warning.

Several areas in the north part of Colorado Springs experienced some extreme street flooding, and firefighters worked to rescue people from some of those roadways, KXRM reported.

The storm also temporarily knocked out power to hundreds of Colorado Springs homes.

Hail was reported in areas southwest of Denver that left yards looking like it had snowed. So much snow and hail was dumped that snowplows were out on the streets.

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