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Mudslides In High Park Burn Area, Flood Worries In Waldo Canyon Burn Area

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – Colorado Highway 14 had to be closed at mile marker 104 following mudslides in the High Park wildfire burn area, which had been hit with rain.

County Road 27, also called Stove Prairie Road in what’s called “The Narrows,” was also closed due to mudslides. That’s a major road that leads to Highway 14.

The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood warning for the western part of the burn area through 4:45 p.m. Monday after a stream jumped its banks and left black soot and debris on Stove Prairie Road and spilled over to Highway 14.

Further south, an area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs received rain, but no flooding was immediately reported. Up to 1 ½ inches of rain fell in less than an hour on the northern side of the burn area near Rampart Reservoir.

National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Petersen says more rain is possible.

Charred hillsides are vulnerable to erosion and flooding during downpours because they have less vegetation to soak up rain, and burned soils can repel water.

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