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.
President Bush is declaring a state of emergency for parts of Colorado in the wake of last month's winter storms.
Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jerry DeFelice says 13 counties, including Denver, Boulder and Pueblo, are included for the December 18th to 22nd blizzard.
The move opens the way for FEMA to reimburse local governments and some civilian agencies for snow removal, police overtime, shelter operations and emergency medical care.
A second disaster has been declared for Otero County for the December 28th to 31st storm.
DeFelice says more counties surrounding Otero, in southeastern Colorado, will likely be added as more weather data is confirmed.
DeFelice says the FEMA aid is strictly for snow removal and the care or protection of people affected by the storms.
Today's emergency declaration does NOT trigger low-interest loans to ranchers in southern Colorado who risk losing cattle to starvation and dehydration.
FEMA congressional affairs specialist Thomas Glen says the state's request for economic relief for ranchers remains under review.