People who live on a one-block stretch of Logan Avenue near Memorial Hospital in Colorado Spring are dealing with the devastating effects of flash flooding and severe hail Monday afternoon. A torrential downpour combined with pea-sized hail clogged storm drains between East Platte Avenue and Bijou Street, causing waters to rise, pouring into basements and garden-level apartments and lifting cars from the ground, carrying them wherever the water would take them.
"It moved walls," said one resident. "It was like sheets," said Janice Setzer, "and then it just kept coming and then it started hailing."
Lachelle Montgomery's car was picked up and pushed into a tree by the flood waters. "I looked out the window and I just seen my car floating," Montgomery said. She spent Monday afternoon on the phone with her insurance agent determining what amount, if any, of the damage will be covered. John Martin fared far worse. "My wife's car, it's totaled and I've got about 3 1/2 feet of water in my home," Martin said. "It's going to cost us time. I'm going to have to take off the next couple days to clean up and get everything squared away. So, loss of income, loss of a brand-new vehicle, loss of two more vehicles."
Todd Fowler watched the flooding from one street over, where the water lapped up against his front doorstep. He says outdated and ineffective city infrastructure are partly to blame for the flooding and damage. "I've lived here since 1973 and stuff like this has happened once every 5 years," Fowler said.