Rain along the Waldo Canyon burn scar has put Manitou Springs and other areas along Fountain Creek on heightened alert for flash flooding throughout the day.
The flash flood warning has been cancelled for the Waldo Canyon burn scar as of 10:40 a.m. The flash flood watch, however, remains in effect through Wednesday evening. Meteorologist Branden Borremans says morning rain saturated the ground in and near the burn area, making those areas more susceptible to flash flooding, should moderate to heavy rainfall occur.
Highway 24 was closed in both directions from Cave of the Winds to Chipita Park for a couple of hours Wednesday morning as a precautionary measure. It was reopened at the same time the flash flood warning was lifted.
As of 10:30 a.m., the following rain totals have been measured by the USGS:
Upper Queens Canyon .98"
Upper Williams Canyon 1.06"
Upper Waldo .71"
Lower Waldo .66"
Camp Creek .63"
Manitou Spgs .63"
11 News will continue to monitor the ongoing flash flood threat throughout the day, and will cut into regularly scheduled programming if the situation necessitates it.