MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a man’s body from debris left by a fast-moving mudslide that swept through a historic town near Colorado Springs, Colo., and crews are searching for three people reported missing after the flood.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says 53-year-old John Collins was found “buried beneath significant amounts of debris” on U.S. Highway 24 in Manitou Springs.
The mudslide closed the highway and flash flooding stranded vehicles in high water Friday night as about 1.3 inches of rain fell in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year. Areas burned by wildfires are vulnerable to flash floods because the scorched soil absorbs less water.
Manitou Springs Mayor Mark Snyder says there was not a lot of warning Friday, but he credits says businesses and restaurants for reacting quickly and getting people to safety.