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Severe thunderstorms hit Front Range with lightning, hail, flood waters

Jesse Paul jesse.paul@gazette.com - Updated: June 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Severe thunderstorms with plenty of lightning and hail swept across the Front Range Friday evening, causing mudslides in Larimer and Boulder counties, and washing a car off the road in central Colorado Springs.

Flood warnings were issued for the Waldo Canyon burn scar in western El Paso County, but the area escaped the worst of the storm. Police patrolling the Peregrine and Mountain Shadows neighborhoods reported no problems there; and only minor street flooding was reported in Manitou Springs.

As the downpour hit north Colorado Springs, two women in a Volvo sedan drove into a flooded area about 9:30 p.m. on Siferd Boulevard, near the intersection of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard. Rushing water pushed the car against a guardrail, and water soon was running over the top of the car, Colorado Springs firefighters said.

Firefighters extended a ladder over the car and a firefighter helped the women escape, firefighters said. It took about 20 minutes to get the women to safety, where they were checked medical personnel and released.

"The water washed right over them like they were a rock," said fire Lt. Aaron McConnellogue.

Earlier in the evening, storms in Larimer and Boulder counties created mudslides.

There were reports of flooding in Poudre Canyon. Colorado Highway 14 was closed about 8:30 p.m. in both directions from Ted's Place to Stove Prairie because of mudslides, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. There was not estimate of when the road might reopen.

A dive team responded to reports of two empty rafts just north of Picnic Rock, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, the Denver Post reported.

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Contact Jesse Paul at 636-0253. Twitter: @JesseAPaul

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