Two missing people found safe Sunday after deadly flash flood, mudslide hit Manitou Springs Friday
Last Updated: 119 days ago
MANTOU SPRINGS, Colo. - Two of the people missing after a deadly flash flood and mudslide that swept through Manitou Springs and Highway 24 Friday has been found alive.
Juston Travis has been located and is safe, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office tweeted Sunday.
A man identified only as Steve was also found safe, according to KRDO.
One person died in the flash flood.
The body of 53-year-old John Collins was found Friday night buried beneath a significant amount of debris on the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 24, the sheriff's office said. It was not clear if Collins got out of his vehicle by choice or if the rapidly rushing water and debris forced him from his vehicle.
According to the El Paso County Coroner’s Office, the cause of Collins’ death is believed to be drowning.
One other person is believed to be still missing after the flood.
A petite blonde woman was seen clinging to a tree during the flooding. She had on a black blouse and tan pants.
"She was seen near the creek at one moment hanging in a tree and then not seen the next," Colorado Springs Police Chief Joe Ribeiro said.
Authorities asked anyone who has seen this woman to contact local authorities.
The mudslide closed the highway and flash flooding stranded vehicles in high water Friday night as rain fell west of Colorado Springs in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon wildfire last year.
Vehicles and homes in Manitou Springs were also damaged by severe flooding, but no damage estimate has yet been released. At least one home was destroyed in the flood waters.
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