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Waldo Canyon Burn Area On Alert For Flooding

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An image of the mudslide on U.S. 24 (credit: CBS)

An image of the mudslide on U.S. 24 (credit: CBS)

GALLERIES: COLORADO'S WORST WILDFIRES

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Authorities are warning people who live in and around the area burned by the Waldo Canyon wildfire to watch out for possible flooding and mudslides triggered by afternoon thunderstorms.

A series of mudslides triggered by rain that started Monday temporarily shut down U.S. 24 west of Colorado Springs through Tuesday morning. The mud on the roadway east of Cascade was five feet deep and trapped a pickup truck. No one was hurt.

El Paso County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Kramer said two homes in Green Mountain Falls also suffered significant flooding damage. They are located in an area downhill from the 28 square mile area burned in June.

The state transportation department is monitoring rainfall along U.S. 24 and has staged earth moving equipment there in case of more slides.

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