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Heavy rains leaves behind muddy, black puddles but no serious damage

July 29, 2013 Updated: July 30, 2013 at 7:24 am
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photo - The burned trees of the Black Forest Fire are reflected in a large puddle in the driveway of a burned home in Black Forest. Recent rains have created muddy roads in many parts of the burn area. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
The burned trees of the Black Forest Fire are reflected in a large puddle in the driveway of a burned home in Black Forest. Recent rains have created muddy roads in many parts of the burn area. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette) 

The heavy rain that swept across the region Monday afternoon left ash-laden puddles in the Black Forest and muddy puddles in eastern Colorado Springs, but no serious damage was reported.

Two roads closed during the downpour - Shoup Road in the Black Forest and Marksheffel Road near Barnes Road - reopened in late afternoon.

The roads were closed as more than three-quarters of an inch of rain have fell over El Paso County and eastern parts of Colorado Springs.

Roads in Old Colorado City had standing water briefly during a cloudburst there, but no significant flooding was reported.

About 2,300 customers are without power in an area bounded roughly by Platte Avenue, Lake/Circle Drive, Interstate 25 and Academy Boulevard, Colorado Springs Utiltiies said. All but a handful of customers had power by 4 p.m., Utilities said on its Twitter feed. It said the outage was weather releated.

Flood advisories were issued by the National Weather Service for the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest burn scars as well as for central Colorado Springs.

Makoto Moore, meteorologist, said the hit northeast Colorado Springs, near the Sky Sox Stadium, producing some heavy rain and reports of three-quarter-inch hail.

Clouds lingered in the region and forecasters recommended keeping a wary eye on the weather as scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

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Gazette reporters Andrea Sinclair, Jakob Rodgers and Jesse Byrnes contributed to this report.

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