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.
Heavy storms hit most of Southern Colorado Monday afternoon. One of the problem spots was along Highway 24.
We talked with several tourists who came to the Manitou area just for the day, but got turned around at a gas station off of Highway 24 and Colorado Avenue.
No one was allowed into Manitou Springs or up Highway 24 for a good part of the afternoon, and Woodland Park was one of the worst places hit.
A bridge, damaged in Woodland Park, is the only way residents can get home to the Wishing Well Motel apartments. Motel manager, J.J. told us the bridge isn't safe after so much flooding. Large cement blocks got washed away.
"It's going to be very dangerous for people coming in and out, and we’ll probably put tape across here because I don't want, especially at nighttime, people driving, and drive too far one way and lose a car," J.J. said.
Highway 24 was shut down not once, but two different times, causing major headaches for drivers on both ends of the road. Our crew too got caught up in the traffic in Woodland Park.
In Green Mountain Falls, one family was forced out of their home after water from Fountain Creek overflowed and flooded their house. We talked to the family's neighbor.
“I’d say there’s probably about 3 inches of water in there this afternoon, it’s just a mess. It’s not as bad as it was a year ago, but they’re going to have to tear out stuff,” Merle Dow said.
People in Manitou Springs watched Fountain Creek go from a low flow stream, to a fast flowing creek in a matter of seconds. No one was evacuated, but Manitou was closed off for a short time as a precaution.
"I think it's a little bit sad for the people that are trying to make money, but at the same time, I think it's good to be cautious. I don't want anyone getting hurt,” one visitor told us.
Crews opened up an evacuation center in Manitou for a few hours as a precaution.