Fountain Creek rose after heavy rain hit Woodland Park, causing flooding concerns for miles downstream.
Wild weather in parts of southern Colorado Tuesday afternoon washed out bridges, caused street flooding in Pueblo and pounded some areas with quarter-sized hail.
"The creek's running so hard I can't get over it," Mason Roszczewski told 11 News as he gazed across Fountain Creek, separated from his house on the other side by rapidly-moving water. "The dogs are trapped on the other side. I don't know what to do. I don't even know where to begin. It's too dangerous to cross."
The bridge that normally allows Roszczewski to cross the creek was washed away. It was the third time that has happened to him.
Fountain Creek was under a flash flood warning until 7 p.m. As 11 News Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe explained, the warning was not because of the Waldo Canyon burn scar, but because of heavy rain in Woodland Park that then made its way downstream. Woodland Park received well over an inch during Tuesday afternoon's storms. Bledsoe said the burn scar only received light rain.
Manitou Springs received less than a quarter-inch of rain, but its proximity to Fountain Creek prompted the town to issue voluntary evacuations. The Red Cross opened an evacuation center at the Historic Manitou Congregational Church, which closed just before 9 p.m.
In Pueblo, heavy rain filled city streets with water. In Falcon and other areas east of the Springs, residents reported their yards being blanketed in white from hailstorms that hit the area.
More storms are expected Wednesday, with a moderate flash flood threat for the Waldo Canyon burn scar expected in the afternoon and evening hours. Starting Thursday, a stretch of drier conditions is expected.
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