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Aug 9, 2013 9:39 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Manitou Springs experiences heavy flooding

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for west central El Paso County until 8:30 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, 20 cars are reportedly impacted by flash flooding along Highway 24 near Cave of the Winds. The Highway is closed in both directions west of Colorado Springs.

An evacuation center is open at the Historic Congregational Church at 103 Pawnee Ave. in Manitou Springs.

Garden of the Gods Park is closed at all entrances as a precaution. The water is running high, but has not overflowed there

Colorado Springs Fire Department is asking people to only call 911 if they have a true emergency. The department says its dispatch is being overwhelmed by non-emergency calls.

More than an inch of rain fell in less than an hour in Upper Williams Canyon. As a reminder, never drive through flooded streets. It only talks a few inches to be swept away.


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