Southern Colorado cleaning up after mudslides, flooding

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5:35 PM
Ron Allen, an employee with the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade, and other employees dig out of hail drifts at the arcade in Manitou Springs on Monday. A storm dropped hail and caused flash flood and tornado warnings for the area.

MANITOU SPRINGS – People in southern Colorado are cleaning up after heavy rain triggered mudslides and flooding and hail piled up like snow.

Residents and businesses in Manitou Springs near Colorado Springs were told to evacuate because of Monday’s rain.

Flood sirens were common in the resort town after the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, prompting flood-control measures. The Gazette reported that the latest damage appeared less extensive than in the past, with rocks, gravel and hail left behind after the rain, rather than mud.

The flooding and mudslides temporarily shut down U.S. Highway 24 near Manitou Springs. Flooding also forced the closure of roads in Fremont County.