MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Heavy rains have triggered flash flooding and mudslides in Colorado.
The National Weather Service says about 1.3 inches of rain fell in the area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire west of Colorado Springs last year. Areas burned by wildfires are vulnerable to flash floods because the burned soils don’t absorb as much water.
A mudslide closed a highway and flash flooding stranded vehicles in high, fast-moving water Friday night. Manitou Springs police reported three people injured, and they were trying to confirm whether one person was missing.
Residents told The Gazette (http://bit.ly/19TmE42 ) at least one home was swept away.
Firefighters also rescued one man from a creek.
The mudslide closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs.
APPHOTO COBO102: Camp Creek, normally a small stream races with soot and mud down 31st Street after a flash flood from the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar swept through Manitou Springs, Colo. on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 damaging homes and businesses and injuring at least three people. A late afternoon thunderstorm dumped more than one inch of water on the burn scar and roared through the small town just west of Colorado Springs. Several vehicles were swept from Highway 24, the highway that leads into the mountains. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller) (9 Aug 2013)
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APPHOTO COCOL102: The Fountain Water Rescue team assists a woman down Canon Avenues after she broke her leg climbing to safety to avoid the flash flood that ripped through downtown, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT (21 Jun 2013)
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