Flooding near the Waldo Canyon burn area damages 20 homes on Monday afternoon

20 homes damaged, 6-8 seriously

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Twenty homes were damaged in flooding Monday afternoon on the south side of the Waldo Canyon burn area, including at least six that were seriously damaged the Sheriff's office said.

AIRTRACKER7 flew over the area Monday afternoon and saw where dark, black mud and debris had washed down the hillside. The helicopter's video showed at least one home that had been undercut by the flooding.

“You’re looking at Waldo Canyon on Narrows Road in Manitou Springs. It washed down," said resident Steve Brunette. "Everything's pretty much wiped out."

Brunette's home is one of the badly damaged structures. The mudslide went up to his doorway and beyond.

"What’s the inside of your home look like?" asked 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger.

"Pretty much like the outside. There’s like debris (and) mud about this deep in there," said Brunette, raising his hand above his waist. "On the top shelves, there’s a few books that are salvageable. Mother nature is very powerful, you know, strong stuff."

Nearby, heavy equipment was seen clearing the mud off of Highway 24. The road was originally closed for a few miles near Manitou Springs, but that was expanded to stretch from 31st Street in Colorado Springs to Fountain Avenue in Cascade around 4:57 p.m.

It was reopened around 7:15 p.m.

"All of a sudden I hear a freight train," said resident Tina Webber. "I run around the back of my house and I look up the hill and it’s about an 8-foot wall of boulders and logs and a white mattress on the front of the wall coming down."

Webber said the sound of the mudslide lasted about 45 minutes.

More than 160 residents of the Fountain Creek Mobile Home Park at 3023 W. Colorado Avenue were relocated during the flash flood, but they were allowed to return Monday evening, Colorado Springs officials said.

Colorado Avenue was also closed for a while from 31st Street west into Manitou Springs. It has since reopened.

No injuries were reported from the flooding.

-- View a slideshow of the flooding: http://ch7ne.ws/1cJMhRp

Another storm of similar intensity was expected to hit the area around 6 p.m.

People in the area of Ute Pass, Manitou Springs, along Highway 24 and along Colorado Avenue east of I-25 were told to be prepared to move to high ground.

163 people were evacuated from the Pikes Peak RV Park, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Two Red Cross shelters were opened for those who left areas in danger of flooding. They're located at 1st Congregational Church of Manitou Springs at 103 Pawnee Avenue in Manitou Springs and 1st Presbyterian Church at 105 North Weber in Colorado Springs.

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