A storm system will begin to impact Southern Colorado by late Friday morning. Mountain locations will simply see snow, but lower elevations will see rain eventually change to snow by later Friday afternoon. Locations that are higher in elevation will see the heaviest snow, due to them seeing cooler temperatures. So, Teller County, far northwest El Paso County, and the Wet & Sangre de Cristo Mountains will likely see several inches of wet snow. The major cities will see far less amounts and the storm will exit toward early Saturday morning.
Flooding near the Citadel Mall. (Photo by P. Carrasco)
911 operators in Colorado Springs answered over 600 calls in two hours during Wednesday night’s incredible storm. The Fire Department reports they rescued 40 people and 1 dog.
According to 11 News Meteorologists, precipitation totaled as high as 4 inches in some areas of Colorado Springs. During a press conference Thursday, Mayor Steve Bach described it as a “100 year event.”
Many of those rescued were on top of cars that became stranded in the flood water. Four police vehicles were among those damaged and several officers were sent home for fear of hypothermia after wading through water to help rescue motorists.
There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries.
City street and utility employees were also busy Wednesday. They responded to approximately 100 calls for downed trees and wind damage.
The Mayor’s press conference also touched on stormwater issues. The area around the Citadel Mall was highlighted as a region facing challenges with undersized drainage that can quickly become clogged.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus