A FLASH FLOOD WATCH will go into effect on Tuesday 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. The 11 Breaking Weather Team will be tracking this threat all day for you.
Emergency calls from people inside the Drake Power Plant as they were evacuating are giving a glimpse into just how scary the situation was.
During the calls from evacuating employees, you can hear the fire alarms going off in the background.
Caller: "We need the fire department at the Martin Drake Power Plant."
Operator: "Ok and Aaron tell me exactly what happened."
Caller: "We're evacuating right now. I'm not sure. I got to get out. I'll call you from the car."
Operator: ". Ok but tell me exactly what happened. What is going on?" Caller: "I don't know, I gotta go."
Caller: "I'll call you right back."
Callers living near the plant were also reporting a loud explosion and flames and smoke coming from the building.
There's no word on when the power plant will be up and running again.
Investigators say the fire was started when a lubricant in the coal plant came into contact with hot steam pipes.
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