Flash Flooding Causes Big Damage In Waldo Canyon Burn Area

Damage from the flooding (credit: Michael Sirois)

Damage from the flooding in the Waldo Canyon burn area (credit: Michael Sirois)

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Heavy rains Monday afternoon in the Waldo Canyon burn area with lots of erosion brought mud down in Fountain Creek. It left mud behind on Highway 24 and throughout Manitou Springs.

Several RV parks in Manitou Springs and in western Colorado Springs have been evacuated.

Highway 24 has been closed near Manitou Springs from mile marker 296 to 298 because of a mudslide. There is no estimated time for when it might reopen.

Damage from the flooding in the Waldo Canyon burn area (credit: CBS)

Damage from the flooding in the Waldo Canyon burn area (credit: Michael Sirois)

About 20 homes were affected, including roughly six with significant damage.

A shelter has opened for flood evacuees at First Congregational Church of Manitou Springs located at 103 Pawnee Avenue in Manitou Springs.

In addition to Ute Pass and Manitou Springs, residents along Highway 24 and the Colorado Avenue corridor east to Interstate 25 have been told to be prepared to move to high ground.

Authorities have told residents that even though rain has subsided, debris and water can continue to flow from burn scar area and to avoid waterways and low-lying areas.

Many homes and vehicles have been reported to be damaged from the flooding and mud.

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