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preview.weather.gov Updated: September 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm

UPDATE

2:45 p.m. A complete report of road closures and washouts was unavailable shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday as street crews for Colorado Springs and El Paso County were still assessing damage.

2:30 p.m. Several thousand people found themselves without power Thursday and Friday because of flooding in the Pikes Peak region.

The largest power failure happened in Fountain where about 4,000 customers were without electricity early Friday. Erin Garcia, a spokeswoman with Fountain Utilities, said the outage happened when rushing water in Fountain Creek near downtown knocked down two power poles near the channel. The outage happened just before 4 a.m., she said. Power was restored around 5:30 a.m.

Colorado Springs Utilities crews were running from outage to outage, as a CSU spokesman said. Throughout the storm there were sporadic failures caused by water infiltrating small electric boxes in neighborhoods.

2 p.m. Several recreational sports leagues for Friday and the weekend have been cancelled in Colorado Springs because very wet conditions.

Among the cancellations are adult softball at all locations for Friday and Sunday, adult baseball at Memorial Park for Saturday and Sunday, adult flag football at Memorial Park for Sunday, youth tackle football at Memorial Park for Saturday.

1:35 p.m. Weather spotters around Colorado Springs reported a wide range of rainfall for the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. Friday. Most totals were in the 2.5-inch to 5-inch range, but spotters on the north end of town reported eight inches, and rain in the double digits fell in that timeframe to the west, according to the National Weather Service.

Fort Carson may have been the heaviest hit with officials on the U.S. Army's mountain post reporting 10 to 13 inches.

Monument had more than 6.5 inches in some spots. Falcon received 2.3 inches. And Woodland Park spotters reported more than 1.5 inches.>

11:50 a.m. Fort Carson officials reported receiving anywhere from 10 to 13 inches of rain over a 24-hour period beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

According to Meghan Williams, a spokeswoman at Fort Carson, all training in the southern part of the base has been cancelled because of several washed out roads and dangerous water crossings.

Williams also reported that some buildings have been flooded and two facilities were left without power Friday morning. Iron Horse Park on the base was flooded with what officials have called a "seven-foot lake."

The post is expected to receive at least another inch of rainfall Friday.

11:32 a.m. Lowes’s Home Improvement at 4252 Royal Pine Dr. still had about 15 sump pumps to remove water from flooded basements as of 10 a.m. today, said Chris Anthony, assistant manager.

He said Lowe’s Corp’s. home office is sending a shipment of emergency pumps that should be in stores tomorrow. Those pumps will be divided between the five local Lowe’s stores from Falcon to Colorado Springs.

A customer service representative in the Lowe’s store at 4880 N Nevada Ave. said that store is out of sump pumps but has 35 large and 20 small wet/dry vacuums as of 10 a.m.

She said the Lowe’s store on Powers had eight sump pumps as of 10 a.m.

She said the local home Depot store had 11 pallets of sand bags as of 10 a.m.

Also, Ace hardware on Centennial had 60 pound capacity sandbags at its store, she said.

She said there are also four fire stations within the city that are giving way unfilled sandbags.

She did not know the locations of those stations but said they were by flood areas.

10:07 a.m. The flash-flood watch for Teller and El Paso counties has been cancelled, according to the Colorado Springs police and the National Weather Service.

9:55 a.m. Colorado Springs parks update: Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch as well as North Cheyenne Canyon and all urban trails are now closed until further notice, according to a tweet from the city.

The annual Holly Berry Folk Art Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch has been canceled for Friday. It is scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday. City officials ask people to check rockledgeranch.com for updates because conditions can quickly change (updated from a previous note that stated the festival was canceled for the weekend).

9:10 a.m. Rain is beginning to move out of the Pikes Peak region and the area is "probably going to get a break" this morning, said Paul Wolyn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

According to Wolyn, the pattern of rain is moving north out of the area. But he said another disturbance will likely move in by mid-afternoon. The weather service expects more rain to hit Teller and El Paso counties - and possibly the Waldo Canyon burn scar - by about 4 p.m.

Forecasters say Saturday should be drier with a slight chance of showers in the morning and about a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Sunday could bring more rain, Wolyn said, as another front moves in.

8:55 a.m. According to the American Red Cross, 719 people stayed in shelters across Colorado on Thursday night because of flooding.

Eight shelters and one evacuation center were open in the state, including the First Presbyterian Church on Weber Street in downtown Colorado Springs.

8:45 a.m. Continued rains in western Colorado Springs and Teller County have prompted city officials to close roads in the area.

Among recent closures are Cheyenne Road from Cresta to Stratton, Motor Way between Nevada Avenue and Tejon Street, and Gateway Road near Garden of the Gods Park. The city has closed all entrances to the park near Gateway until further notice.Near the park, Camp Creek  is staying within its channel but running high.

Water flow in Fountain Creek along West Colorado Avenue near 30th Street is down from early Friday morning but still running fast and high – roughly 10 feet from some merchants whose properties are near the creek’s banks.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department reports damage on Old Stage Road. Teller County officials sent out alerts at 8:45 a.m. that Gold Camp Road is closed, noting that there is a sink hole on Old Stage.

7 a.m. Colorado Springs School District 11 says it will be business as usual Friday. The district did say, though, that if parents think it's safer to keep kids home, it will be an excused absence.

6:45 a.m. Streams and creeks on the west side of Colorado Springs are raging this morning. Water in the drainage canal along 31st Street is roaring about two feet below overpasses.

6:20 a.m. Cheyenne Mountain School District just updated closures: Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School, Skyway Elementary and Canon School closed due to flooding.

6:15 a.m. This just in from the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross: "An evacuation center remains open at First Presbyterian Church – Weber Street Center located at 105 North Weber St. in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ten people stayed at the evacuation center overnight. "Elsewhere around the state of Colorado overnight 709 people stayed in a total of 8 shelters to escape the flood threat. "

6:08 a.m. Police radio traffic indicates lots of water on roadways this morning. Stay alert on your morning drive and be flexible. Your favorite route may be closed.

5:51 a.m. National Weather Service says western Colorado Springs has gotten 1.5 inches of rain since4 a.m. Flood watch for that area remains in place. Flood warning still on for Fountain Creek at Fountain.

5:45 a.m. Crews have repaired a power failure in Fountain that left up to 4,000 customers in the dark this morning. Fountain Utilities says a downed powerline near Fountain Creek caused the trouble.

5:30 a.m. In the Cheyenne Mountain School District, Skyway Elementary and Canon School are closed due to flooding.

5:25 a.m. Kids in the Manitou Springs School District are getting a rain day. the district cancelled classes due to weather and flood conditions.

5:20 a.m. Highway 24 was reopened across Ute Pass this morning just after

5 a.m. But with more rain due today and a flood watch in place, if you're heading east of west over the past, you'll want to have an alternate route or a change of clothes handy. Any drive this morning will be treacherous as rain continues to pummel the region. National Weather Service radars show more moisture being sucked up from the south toward Colorado Springs. 5 a.m. Flood warnings were lifted for much of El Paso County at 5 a.m., but remain in place for Fountain Creek near Fountain. A countywide flood watch remains, the National Weather Service wrote in an early morning update.

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