Homes evacuated amid flash flood warning for El Paso, Teller County

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. - Local officials were concerned was been extended until 8:45 p.m. for northeastern Teller and western El Paso counties.

At 5:51 p.m. emergency management reported flash flooding along Fountain Creek in Green Mountain Falls. Flash flooding is already occurring, a statement from the National Weather Service said.

"Some locations that will experience flooding include western Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls, Chipita Park, Cascade and Crystola.  Flood waters are moving down Fountain Creek from Green Mountain Falls, south along Fountain Creek along Highway 24. The flood crest is expected to move down Fountain Creek through Cascade and Manitou Springs through 8 p.m.

At 6:36 pm, heavy rainfall from thunderstorms earlier this evening was causing Fountain Creek to run high.  Radar indicated as much as 3 to 4 inches of rain fell over Teller County.  Storm spotters reported around 2 inches of rain fell.

An evacuation center was established by the Red Cross at  Manitou Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., in Manitou Springs.

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