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Gazette Premium Content Southern Colorado flooding forces evacuation of 100 Boy Scouts

The Associated Press Updated: July 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

WALSENBURG — About 100 Boy Scouts are working on merit badges in town after being evacuated from their southern Colorado camp because of flooding.

The scouts left the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch on school buses and sheriff's vehicles around 4 a.m. Tuesday after rain caused a creek running through the property near Walsenburg to rise.

They went to a Red Cross shelter set up in Walsenburg's community center and could be allowed back later in the day, depending on whether there's more rain. Scout executive Michael Stewart says the scouts, most of them from southwestern Kansas, were camping in tents above Bear Creek and weren't in immediate danger.

Scouts there were also forced to evacuate last year by a wildfire, which has made the land more prone to flooding.

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