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Flooding In High Park Burn Area

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Copter4 flew over flooding in Rist Canyon in the High Park Fire burn area on Friday (credit: CBS)

Copter4 flew over flooding in Rist Canyon in the High Park Fire burn area on Friday (credit: CBS)

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)- There has been some flooding in the High Park burn area after about one-half an inch of rain fell Friday afternoon.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office confirmed flooding on Rist Canyon Road from Davis Ranch Road down on Friday.

There was also a washout in front of Rist Canyon Fire Station on Ford Hill Road.

There were reports of flash flooding 10 miles west of Bellvue in the burn area. Debris and mud flowed down and toward Stove Prairie.

“We knew that because of the lack of vegetation up above that it was going to come down, and boy a wall came down,” resident Mary Kahler said.

“You can hear the roar, it sounded like a train going through resident Cindy Woutersz said. “Unless the county does something it’s not going to get any better.

The High Park burn area has a history of flooding after the June 2012 wildfire burned more than 87,250 acres and 259 homes. There is an increased risk of flooding in the area because of lack of vegetation and increased ash and debris from the fire.

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