Earth Watch Report – Flash Floods
|Flash Flood||USA||State of Colorado, Manitou Springs|
|A mudslide closed a highway and flash flooding stranded vehicles in high, fast-moving water Friday night as rain fell west of Colorado Springs in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon wildfire last year. Manitou Springs police reported three people injured Friday night, and they were trying to confirm whether one person was missing. El Paso County sheriff’s officials said one of the injured had a leg injury, and another had a back injury. Residents said at least one home was swept away. Firefighters also rescued one man from a creek. The mudslide closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs. Mario Leon told The Gazette he and his wife heard the man shouting for help from their auto repair shop on the bank of the creek. He said he saw the man clinging to the bridge and lowered an extension cord for him to grab while his wife called 911. Several homes and businesses have been damaged, police said. About 15 people were at an evacuation shelter set up by the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross, Manitou Springs police said. About 1.3 inches of rain fell in the area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year, the National Weather Service said. Areas burned by wildfires are vulnerable to flash floods because the burned soils don’t absorb as much water. To the southwest, flooding temporarily closed part of U.S. 50 west of Royal Gorge Park. Flash flood warnings have been frequent this summer in Manitou Springs.|
Body found in flood debris near Manitou Springs, 3 people still missing
By Ally Marotti, Kirk Mitchell and Ryan Parker
The Denver Post
Posted: 08/10/2013 09:18:24 AM MDT | Updated: about 3 hours ago
MANITOU SPRINGS —One person is confirmed dead and three people are missing after Friday evening’s flash flooding in Manitou Springs.
Residents and crews worked Saturday to clean up the damage. Yet another flash flood watch is in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday because of possible thunderstorms and saturated soil.
The body of a man was found late Friday night buried under mud and rock debris piled several feet thick in the west-bound lane of U.S. 24 following the severe flash flood, authorities say.
Early Saturday afternoon, the El Paso County Sheriff’s office identified the man as 53-year-old John Collins of Teller County. The sheriff’s office said Collins’ vehicle was in the same general area on U.S. 24 but it was not known whether he left his vehicle by choice or was swept out of it during the flooding.
Manitou Springs Police Chief Joe Ribeiro said at a Saturday morning news conference that three people were missing: 24 year old Juston Travis, a man neighbors knew only as Steve and a woman last seen clinging to a tree.
The woman was described a petite, blond female who was seen in a tree near the floodwaters.
“She was seen near the creek at one moment hanging in a tree and then not seen the next,” Ribeiro said.
Ribeiro said that homes had been destroyed and other homes had been severely damaged. He said more accurate accessment of the damage would be available Saturday afternoon.
Collins’ body was found about two to three miles west of Colorado Springs following the flash flood on the south edge of the Waldo Canyon burn scar, Lt. Jeff Kramer, sheriff’s office spokesman, he said.
About 1 ½ inches of rain fell between 5:30 and 6 p.m., washing boulders and mud down the burn scar area, Kramer said.
“We had a tremendous amount of rain,” he said. “Vehicles were washed into the debris flow.”
Several homes and businesses along Cañon Avenue in Manitou Springs were damaged. There
The Fountain Water Rescue team assists a woman down Canon Avenues after she broke her leg climbing to safety to avoid the flash flood that ripped through downtown, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT (The Gazette | Michael Ciaglo)
were reports of three people injured, one man with severe leg injuries, Kramer said.
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