Boy Scout Ranch in Huerfano County evacuated before dawn due to flash flooding

HUERFANO COUNTY, Colo. - A Boy Scout Ranch in southern Colorado was evacuated before dawn Tuesday after a flash flood moved through the East Peak burn scar area, according to Huerfano County Emergency Services.

The Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch is on Bear Creek Road, outside Walsenburg.

Campers climbed on top of a GMC Yukon SUV when Bear Creek overflowed Tuesday morning, KRDO reported.

The evacuees from the ranch were taken to the Walsenburg Community Center, @Huerfano_911 tweeted.

Ninety-six scouts and leaders from Colorado and Kansas had to be evacuated, according to county officials.

The Red Cross has been providing meals and shelter for the evacuees.

The ranch was evacuated last summer after the East Peak Fire erupted nearby.

A Facebook post dated July 1 showed photos of scouts working to plant new vegetation.

"As of last Friday, we have 170 seedlings planted to help rebuild our new forest!" Shelly Salley Jarrett wrote.

It's not known if the seedlings were damaged in the flash flood.

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