Manitou Springs Flooding: Colorado Town Hit by Heavy Rain (Photos + Videos)


Volunteer rescuer Jesse Rochette searches the Fountain Creek flood waters for anyone trapped or stranded as another flash flood washes off the Waldo Canyon burn scar, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. Another missing person was accounted for. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Volunteer rescuer Jesse Rochette searches the Fountain Creek flood waters for anyone trapped or stranded as another flash flood washes off the Waldo Canyon burn scar, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. Another missing person was accounted for. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

The Fountain Water Rescue team assists a woman down Canon Avenues after she broke her leg climbing to safety to avoid the flash flood that ripped through downtown, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

The Fountain Water Rescue team assists a woman down Canon Avenues after she broke her leg climbing to safety to avoid the flash flood that ripped through downtown, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Carson Dennis stands in the middle of the destruction caused by a flash flood that poured down Canon Avenue, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Carson Dennis stands in the middle of the destruction caused by a flash flood that poured down Canon Avenue, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

People look in disbelief as they see the damage on Park Avenue after a flash flood ripped through downtown, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

People look in disbelief as they see the damage on Park Avenue after a flash flood ripped through downtown, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Law enforcement officials keep residents out of an RV lot on Fountain Creek after they were evacuated when a flash flood from the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar swept through Manitou Springs, Colo. on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 damaging homes and businesses and injuring at least three people. A late afternoon thunderstorm dumped more than one inch of water on the burn scar and roared through the small town just west of Colorado Springs. Several vehicles were swept from Highway 24, the highway that leads into the mountains. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

Law enforcement officials keep residents out of an RV lot on Fountain Creek after they were evacuated when a flash flood from the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar swept through Manitou Springs, Colo. on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 damaging homes and businesses and injuring at least three people. A late afternoon thunderstorm dumped more than one inch of water on the burn scar and roared through the small town just west of Colorado Springs. Several vehicles were swept from Highway 24, the highway that leads into the mountains. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

A man walks around his home after being trapped by flood waters that flowed, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

A man walks around his home after being trapped by flood waters that flowed, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Manitou Springs, in the center of the map and next to Colorado Springs in Colorado, is under threat of flash flooding on August 22, 2013 after it was hit hard by flash flooding on August 9. (Google Maps)

Manitou Springs, in the center of the map and next to Colorado Springs in Colorado, is under threat of flash flooding on August 22, 2013 after it was hit hard by flash flooding on August 9. (Google Maps)

Flash flooding didn’t happen for a second day in a row as feared in Manitou Springs in Colorado as thunderstorms that were expected to roll into the area  didn’t materialize after three people were injured and at least one person was killed on August 9.

Heavy rain on Friday caused quickly-moving streams to propel debris and vehicles, made worse by the burn scar from the Waldo Canyon wildfire last year.

Flash flooding didn’t happen in the area again, as a warning from the National Weather Service was later cancelled.

The flooding on August 9, though, was destructive and quick.

“There was just a rush of water coming at us,” one resident told KRDO-TV, after he and his family escaped from their car before it was taken downstream. There were “huge boulders” and pipes, among other debris and in addition to the cars, being moved by the streaming water on U.S. Highway 24.

At least one home was swept away on Canon Avenue, according to The Gazette. A neighbor, Kristen Cercone, said that the homeowner suffered injuries, and described the scene as cars stacked on top of each other, with debris and trees pushed up against homes. 

Manitou Springs police reported three people injured Friday night and a man’s body was recovered from debris left by the mudslide. It was found “buried beneath significant amounts of debris” on Highway 24.

Several homes and businesses were damaged, police said. 

About 1.3 inches of rain fell in the area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year, the National Weather Service said. Areas burned by wildfires are vulnerable to flash floods because the burned soils don’t absorb as much water.

Flash flood warnings have been frequent this summer in Manitou Springs.

At The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, below a canyon that burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire, the hotel’s staff regularly put sandbags around the lower deck and back doors as a precaution when the forecast calls for rain. They did it again Friday, but it didn’t help.

“The sandbags we put up were washed out almost immediately,” Cliff House front office manager Roland Sardaczuk said. “The cars parked on Park Avenue — the water just threw them around like they were toys.”

The hotel remained open, and no one there was hurt. “We’re grateful for that,” Sardaczuk said.

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Other things to know

-The Red Cross has a shelter at 103 Pawnee Avenue (Historic Community Congregational Church)

-Two people remained missing as of Saturday night after a man named Steve was found: “Juston Travis and woman with blond hair clinging to tree still unaccounted for,” said the Colorado Springs Police Department


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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