Body found in mudslide debris

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities have recovered a man's body from debris left by a fast-moving mudslide that swept through Manitou Springs.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the man was found Friday "buried beneath significant amounts of debris" on U.S. Highway 24.

The mudslide closed the highway and flash flooding stranded vehicles in high water Friday night as rain fell west of Colorado Springs in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon wildfire last year.

Authorities say the body was not in a vehicle when it was found, and the man was not carrying any identification.

The National Weather Service says about 1.3 inches of rain fell in the area, which is vulnerable to flash floods because the scorched soils don't absorb as much water as they normally would.

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