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Jul 15, 2014 12:33 AM by Kelsey Kennedy

Multiple Flash Flood Warnings Lead to Multiple Closures of Highway 24

Highway 24 in Manitou Springs has been closed multiple times Monday because of flash flood warnings. The closures caused delays along Manitou Avenue where drivers were forced to wait out the storm.

"We just have to find other plans now," a group of Colorado University students told News 5.

Despite the inconvenience, better safe than sorry is always the answer when you know someone who lost their life in a flash flood.

"Last year we did have a gentleman from our county, John Collins, pass away in the floods," says Teller County resident Stephen Tomsky. "So sitting here for an hour is a better alternative to getting hurt in the pass."

Multiple flash flood warnings led to multiple closures of Highway 24. Drivers were diverted onto Manitou Avenue. Decision makers in Manitou had eyes on Fountain Creek in Green Mountain Falls and Chipita Park.

"The water has gone over some bridges just west of us," said Public Information Officer David Hunting. "So we're anticipating some more water coming through Manitou Springs."

The highway opened and stayed opened around 3:30 Monday afternoon despite another flash flood warning that was issued later Monday evening.

 

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