Southern Colorado communities brace for more flash flooding

Posted at 5:17 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 07:17:13-04

With more storms headed towards southern Colorado, Woodland Park and other communities in Teller County are bracing for flash flooding.

A drive up Ute Pass shows a lot of mud and erosion from Monday’s storm, and more of that could be coming Thursday. With dangerous conditions and the possibility of flash flooding, the Teller County Sheriff’s Office will have staff in place Thursday to keep people away from problem areas.

The system headed towards Teller County is expected to bring hail and pouring rain right down Ute Pass, adding moisture to creeks and streams that are already rising fast. 

Under normal conditions, Fountain Creek is only a few feet wide, but the Sheriff’s Office said it grew as wide as forty feet this week.

"Fountain Creek carries a lot of water," said Greg Couch, Teller County PIO. "It collects a lot of water sources in this area of Teller county and it’s just straight down the pass. Straight down the pass real fast. It can be very dangerous."

Other areas in southern Colorado are also preparing for the possibility of flooding with Thursday’s storm.

Folks in Green Mountain Falls can grab sand bags Thursday from the gravel lot behind the fire station at El Paso and Hotel Streets. Those in Otero County can get them from the lot at Third Street and Lawrence in La Junta. Those wanting to fill sandbags will need to bring their own shovel.

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