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Gazette Premium Content Heavy rain causes flooding across much of Colorado; US 50 re-opens

photo - Katie Zrubek, center, heads down a flooded street in her Windsor, Colo., neighbordood Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Windsor was hit by 4 inches of rain in 90 minutes. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for nearly the whole state Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Coloradoan, Erin Hull) + caption
Katie Zrubek, center, heads down a flooded street in her Windsor, Colo., neighbordood Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Windsor was hit by 4 inches of rain in 90 minutes. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for nearly the whole state Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Coloradoan, Erin Hull)
Associated Press Updated: July 30, 2014 at 7:22 am

6:45 A.M. WEDNESDAY UPDATE

US 50 through LaJunta has re-opened after flooding closed the highway.

A flash flood watch remains in effect through much of Colorado, including the Colorado Springs area, through 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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DENVER — Combining weather systems are drawing moisture into Colorado, causing flooding across the state.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for nearly the whole state Tuesday. High and low pressure systems, combined with typical summer monsoon moisture, caused 2 to 3 inches of rain to fall in less than an hour in some places Tuesday afternoon.

Street flooding was reported in several areas in Denver and in communities north of the city in Weld and Larimer counties. The Greeley Tribune reports firefighters in Windsor rescued at least five motorists after they drove into standing water. Meanwhile, the Colorado Department of Transportation closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Wolcott because of a mudslide and U.S. 287 south of Eads because of flooding.

The rain is expected to continue overnight into Wednesday.

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