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High Fire Danger Wednesday

Storms Target Waldo Canyon Burn Scar

Credit: CSFD

Credit: CSFD

Storms once again closed in on the Waldo Canyon burn scar, putting areas along Highway 24 at a major risk of flash flooding.

The rain forced a stretch of Highway 24 to close between Colorado Springs and Cascade. As of 4:30 p.m. the highway had reopened in both directions.

Nervous residents in Manitou Springs, which is still digging itself out after Friday's flood, kept an uneasy eye on Fountain Creek, which swelled as the rain poured down, but did not spill over into the city as it did on August 9.

The storm stranded several hikers on lower Barr Trail, forcing El Paso County search and rescue workers to stage a rescue. Hikers were also reportedly caught in the storm at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and on the Manitou Incline.

As of 4 p.m., the Colorado Springs Police Department reported the following rain totals. The final totals are expected to be higher:

Penrose Elementary 1.14"
Bear Creek .98"
Ruxton Ave in Manitou Springs .74"
Lower Waldo above Manitou .67"

The east side of the Springs also experienced significant rainfall, with many viewers sending photos of yards and roads transforming into lakes and creeks. Totals on that side of town have not been made available yet.

We will continue to follow the weather throughout the evening. Stay with KKTV and kktv.com.

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