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Storm Causes Flooding On Interstate 70 On Western Slope

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Mud caused problems on Interstate 70 near Parachute. (credit: KREX-TV/CBS)

Mud caused problems on Interstate 70 near Parachute. (credit: KREX-TV/CBS)

PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) – A day after heavy rain and hail pounded central Colorado, a new storm led to flooding that has closed stretches of Interstate 70 and U.S. 6 in the western part of the state.

Three-mile stretches of both highways were closed west of the town of Parachute due to flooding Friday afternoon. Parachute is about 200 miles west of Denver.

Law-enforcement officials reported 6 inches of mud on Colorado 64 near Rangely, and gusts that downed trees and broke a power pole in Mesa County.

On Thursday, torrential rain stranded some drivers in the Colorado Springs area, but the flood-damaged city of Manitou Springs escaped without significant flooding. The heaviest of Thursday’s rain fell upstream from the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fire burn areas, preventing mudslides in Manitou Springs.

Southwest of Denver, snowplows were on the streets to move hail Thursday.

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