1 possibly missing, 3 injured in Manitou Springs flash flooding

Highway 24 closed by rock and mudslide

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - At least three people have been injured and another is possibly missing after a flash flood swept out of the Waldo Canyon burn area and into Manitou Springs Friday night.

The casualty toll comes from Manitou Springs Police.

Flash flooding in Manitou Springs has stranded several vehicles in high, fast-moving water.  The flood water was coming out of Williams Canyon, below Cave of the Winds.

A rock and mudslide also closed U.S. 24 in the Cascade area northwest of Manitou Springs, trapping a number of vehicles.  There was no estimate on reopening the highway that connects Colorado Springs to Woodland Park and beyond but traffic cones were being placed in the eastbound lanes to allow one lane of traffic in both directions.

Residents are telling The Gazette (http://bit.ly/19TmE42 ) at least one home was swept away Friday night, and firefighters rescued one man from a creek.  Some residents have been told not to return home tonight because of the flood danger.

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at 103 Pawnee Ave. in Manitou Springs at the Historic Congregational Church.. 

A flood warning was in effect until 11:30 p.m. for persons in West Central El Paso County.  Fountain Creek, which runs through Manitou Springs into Colorado Springs,  was several feet above flood stage at 8:40 p.m.

The National Weather Service says about 1.3 inches of rain has fallen in the area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year and near Manitou Springs. Areas burned by wildfires are particularly vulnerable to flash floods because the burned soils don't absorb as much water.

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