(CBS4) – Heavy downpours fell at Colorado’s newest state park over the weekend with nearly 5 inches of rain reported. The torrential storm unleashed a flash flood that caused enough damage to shut Fishers Peak State Park down until further notice.
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The rushing water washed away gravel from the concrete trailhead pad and concrete parking curbs floated away. Trails were eroded and in some cases access was blocked.
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Last fall was the initial opening of the park in southern Colorado. A relatively small portion of park — 250 acres — opened to the public at that time and in the future much more land will be opened to recreation in the future.
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The nearby airport in Trinidad reported 2.11 inches of rain on Saturday. For a time the area was under a flash flood warning. Three area CoCoRaHS weather stations reported between 2.93 and 3.13 inches of rain.