A man whose body was found in the West Fork of Sand Creek on Monday may be the latest victim of the summer floods in El Paso County.
The Colorado Office of Emergency Management said the man was the second person in El Paso County and the eighth statewide killed by flooding that began on Wednesday, but local officials continue to investigate the cause of death for the man, possibly in his 20s.
Last Thursday, the body of Danny Davis, 54, was found in Fountain Creek. The El Paso County Coroner's Office, which had no address for Davis, said he died of accidental drowning.
Two other Pikes Peak area residents also died last month in flash floods: John Collins, a 53-year-old Divide contractor, drowned Aug. 9 when he was swept away in floodwaters on U.S. 24 west of Manitou Springs, and Rose Hammes, 17, of Colorado Springs, was swept downstream Aug. 12 while apparently seeking cover from a deluge under a bridge off North Academy Boulevard and Maizeland Road.
On Monday, police said the Colorado Springs Fire Department helped to recover the latest victim from San Creek at 11:41 a.m. on the east side of 4600 Town Center Drive, near East Platte Avenue and Wooten Road. Police spokeswoman Barbara Miller said foul play is not suspected in the death.
The coroner's office is conducting an autopsy to determine how the person died. Police said the identity of the person wasn't known. No further information was available. A spokesperson for coroner's office didn't return calls Monday.
Sand Creek, which runs north-south through eastern Colorado Springs, normally carries little if any water, but stream flows at the mouth of the creek peaked at 137 cubic feet per second and water reached 2.73 feet deep at 4:15 p.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The peak water level was 60 percent of the highest level reached this year - 4.49 feet on Aug. 12 - and less than half of the highest level the agency has measured - 6.22 feet in June 2004.
Colorado Springs is expected to begin drying out on Tuesday with a slight chance of rain on Thursday but no significant precipitation expected through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
"Looks like it's going to be a lot drier than what we've had recently. Very little in the forecast for the next week as far as precipitation goes," said Pamela Evenson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
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