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CDOT reopens U.S. Highway 24 after flooding

By: The Gazette
August 13, 2013 Updated: August 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm
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Here's a roundup of what's happening in the aftermath of last week's flood in and around Manitou Springs along with updates on Tuesday's weather conditions:

3:48 p.m. UPDATE: CDOT announces that all lanes of U.S. Highway 24 have reopened between Cave of the Winds and Cascade.

3:45 p.m. UPDATE: These storms are a nuisance for those helping with the cleanup efforts, said Erin Dettweiler. "All it does is complicate our work," she said, mud-covered from cleaning a basement on Canon Avenue. But of course we're keeping our yes on the weather."

3:40 p.m. The Gazette's Jakob Rodgers reports that much like Monday, the rain has mostly stopped and there is some blue sky. Also: no real signs of flooding. No hail, either.

3:35 p.m. UPDATE: Fountain Creek has risen 3 inches at 31st Street, according to scanner traffic.

3 p.m. UPDATE: U.S. Highway 24 has been closed in both directions between Cave of the Winds and Cascade because of flooding, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The Gazette's Erin Prater reports that it's pouring down rain in Manitou Springs.

2:55 p.m. UPDATE: Heavy rain in the area of Meridian Road and water is on the roadway.

FOX21 News reports heavy rain falling in Manitou Springs, according to a tweet.

2:52 p.m. UPDATE: Police department warns that if the flood warning siren goes off in Manitou Springs, go to higher ground and stay away from creeks and fast-moving water.

2:25 p.m. UPDATE: A flood advisory has been issued for the Black Forest burn scar from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rain is moving into the area.

1:30 p.m. UPDATE: El Paso County Public Health has added a second free tetanus vaccination clinic to augment the one held Tuesday for residents of Manitou Springs who are working on flood cleanup and debris removal. The next clinic is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday the Historic Community Congregational Church of Manitou Springs, 103 Pawnee Ave. The vaccine will be given until supplies run out.

1:25: The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed about a half mile of U.S. Highway 24 business loop (Manitou Avenue) at the west end of town after flooding damaged and weakened segments of the road, according to a CDOT press release.

The road is closed between Serpentine Drive and U.S. 24.

Friday's flood washed out two highway segments, both about 30 to 40 feet long and about 200 to 300 feet apart. In addition to repairing the road, minor repairs are needed on the Fountain Creek bridge.

CDOT is in the process of seeking emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration and getting emergency contracting in place to begin repairs as soon as possible. Engineers estimate it could take two to three months to repair and cost about $1.5 million.

About 4,500 vehicles use that stretch of road daily, according to CDOT.

1:20 p.m. UPDATE: A scattered batch of thunderstorms moved over the Waldo Canyon burn scar on Tuesday afternoon, dropping light rain over the flood-weary Pikes Peak region.

No flooding was reported from the storms, which dropped about .08 inches in Williams Canyon and .04 near Chipita Park as of 1:10 p.m., said Randy Gray, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo. The storms drifted directly east and weakened as they moved over Colorado Springs, he said

Forecasters with the weather service said the worst storms could hit later in the afternoon and evening. A flash flood watch remains in effect for El Paso and Teller counties, including the Waldo Canyon burn scar, until 9 p.m. tonight.

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for El Paso and Teller counties from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The weather service forecasts scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m., in and around the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest burn areas.

Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.

Expect a daytime high of 75 and an overnight low of 53.

On Wednesday, the weather service forecasts a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Colorado Springs area.

Little to no precipitation is in the forecast Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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