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Aug 3, 2010 11:04 PM by Andy Koen

Rains washout roads

The heavy rains Monday washed out roads in several parts of Southern Colorado.  A section of Kenosha Drive in Pueblo West was closed after it washed out and several nearby streets were also covered in dirt and debris Tuesday morning. The rain even slowed construction on a stretch of McCulloch Boulevard.

Rick Morgan the director of public works for the Pueblo West Metro District says the community's storm drainage system is made up of roadside swails that can easily be overwhelmed.

"In a big storm the swails just can't handle the water so, Morgan said. "We don't have big culverts, so it just crosses the roadway and in most cases after a big storm all we can do is clean up the mess."

The Metro District re-graded many of the roads that were washed out.

There was also a mudslide that closed Clohsey Lake Road in Chafee County.  Pueblo County Incedent Command says bulldozers will be used to clear the road once the weather makes it safe to use them.

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