DENVER — Heavy clusters of thunderstorms poured rain onto parts of Colorado's Front Range Monday, causing flooding and mudslides throughout the region.
A mudslide shut down U.S. Highway 285 near Bailey around 2 p.m., but crews were able to clear the highway a couple of hours later.
Just as the Bailey mudslide was cleared, flooding shut down U.S. Highway 24 near Manitou Springs and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes and businesses. The Waldo burn scar has made the area more prone to flooding.
Dan Steever, the publisher of the Colorado Springs Gazette, drove down U.S. Highway 24 through Ute Pass and reported a debris field of rocks and trees about a quarter mile long. He says "you can't even tell you're on a highway," and Fountain Creek is overflowing its banks.
The weather also prompted officials at DIA to implement a full ground stop at the airport, meaning no flights were allowed in or out. But the stop was lifted around 5 p.m. The halt in airport traffic resulted in around 650 delays and 50 cancellations, according to DIA.
4:51 p.m.: Heavy rain is causing flooding in the Waldo burn scar near Manitou Springs. Evacuations are in place for residents in low-lying areas.
4:39 p.m.: A flash flood warning is in effect for Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, and Manitou Springs until 7 p.m.
4:36 p.m.: El Paso County officials have activated flood sirens near Manitou Springs to evacuate low-lying areas after flooding along the west Hwy 24 corridor in the area.
#Breaking - The @ElPaso_OEM has activated it's ECC to support the severe weather in El Paso County. Right now there is flash flooding along the west Hwy 24 corridor and Manitou Springs has activated flood sirens to evacuate low-lying areas. #cowx
4:24 p.m.: Denver International Airport is at a full ground stop due to severe weather conditions. A full ground stop means flights will not be allowed in or out of the airport at this time. Airport officials implemented the full stop at 3:50 p.m. There is no word on when it will be lifted.
3:34 p.m.: The closure on Highway 285 due to the mudslide is just south of Bailey, located at mile marker 221. The mudslide happened around 2 p.m. A CDOT spokesperson said a maintenance team told her the slide was "relatively small."
2:34 p.m.: Highway 285 is closed south of Bailey due to a mudslide. Thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail are expected through the afternoon.
US 285: Safety closure at Old Stage Coach Rd (1m S of Bailey). Due to mudslide.