DENVER - The 24/7 Weather Team says a Flash Flood Warning issued for El Paso County Wednesday afternoon expired just after midnight.
Flash flood sirens have been heard going off in Manitou Springs, and the Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Highway 24 due to mud on the roadway.
At 9:13 p.m. Doppler radar indicated areas of light to moderate rain falling over portions of the warned area. With all the rain that has fallen Wednesday, there will continue to be areas of overland flooding and flooded roadways along with creeks and streams that are overflowing or running bankfull, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
Some locations warned about flooding included western Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls, Chipita Park, Cascade and Crystola, NWS said.
Residents in these areas had been urged to move to higher ground now and to stay away from fast flowing water or risk being swept away. River banks and culverts can become unstable and unsafe.
The Pikes Peak chapter of the American Red Cross opened an evacuation center at Historic Congressional Church at 103 Pawnee Ave. in Manitou Springs.
The Red Cross tweeted that 13 people were evacuated from Chapita Park and were at a new shelter at Ute Pass Elementary School.
According to the Red Cross, 12 people who were stranded because of the Highway 24 closure were taken to the shelter in Manitou Springs.
Several inches of rain fell in El Paso County Wednesday night.
Rushing water was also spotted in Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
A webcam from the U.S. Geological Survey showed heavy amounts of water flowing through the Waldo Canyon burn scar.
A flash flood was reported to the Huerfano County Dispatch at approximately 9:45 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch in Huerfano County.
Approximately 156 scouts, including staff were evacuated to the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg. Dispatch reported some possible injuries among those evacuated.
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