A FLASH FLOOD WATCH will go into effect this afternoon for most of Southern Colorado. Daytime heating and moisture will combine with a disturbance moving through Colorado to develop numerous thunderstorms. Any one of them will be more than capable of producing very heavy rain. Burn scars and areas that have seen recent heavy rain will be under the greatest risk for flash flooding. This FLASH FLOOD WATCH will remain in effect through 6pm Wednesday. The 11 Breaking Weather Team will be tracking this threat closely for you the next two days.
Residents living near Gore Creek in Vail are undergoing mandatory evacuations tonight as authorities brace for more flooding.
Snowmelt and heavy rain is causing flooding and highway damage in the area. A 20-foot sinkhole has shut down Interstate 70 east of Copper Mountain. That is forcing travelers to take a 54-mile detour through leadville.
Earlier today several homes were flooded in east Vail following heavy rainfall. Eagle County authorities sent out more than 700 reverse nine-one-one calls to residents warning them of potential evacuations.