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HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS THROUGHOUT FRONT RANGE

HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS THROUGHOUT FRONT RANGE

Rocky Mountain News (CO) – Saturday, July 17, 2004
Author/Byline: Clayton Woullard , Rocky Mountain News
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Edition: Final
Section: News
Page: 8A
Heavy rains battered the Front Range on Friday afternoon, causing street flooding that swamped cars in some areas.

Ted Hill, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Transportation, said Friday night that teams were working to unplug drains at Interstate-25 and Alameda, where water levels reached up to about three or four feet, leaving only one lane of traffic open. He also said teams were working to unplug the drains at the elevated portion of I-70 at York, where he said flooding usually occurs with heavy rains.

Lt. Clif Northam, spokesman for the El Paso County Sheriff’s office, said water of up to a foot stranded at least two motorists in Colorado Springs and up to 3.9 inches of rain caused two unoccupied vehicles to float in the Security Widefield area in unincorporated El Paso County.

Northam said the motorists were rescued fairly quickly and that no injuries were reported.

Hill also said no injuries were reported due to flooding.

Lt. Neil Luehring, spokesman for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, said the thunderstorms spawned some lightning that struck up to a dozen houses, but that the strikes did not result in any fires.

According to the National Weather Service, up to 4.89 inches of rain was reported in northern Fort Carson.

Luehring said most of the flooding had cleared up by Friday night, but he was told that Fountain Creek peaked at almost 9,000 cubic feet per second.

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