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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Flash flooding could pose problems for travelers in Colorado Springs during Memorial Day Weekend.

Storms triggered flash flood warnings in the Colorado Springs area Friday night. Crews had to shut down portions of Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs for a few hours. Residents are worried more rain Saturday could leave weekend travelers stranded.

“If they close it and people are stuck up here then it benefits us. It’s when they’re stuck and they cannot come up that it is definitely a hassle for us,” says Jenny Parliament, who works at a winery near the base of Pike’s Peak. Highway 24 is the only road connecting the mountain to Colorado Springs. Crews have done work on the area since last year to help direct flood waters away from the road. Parliament says so far it seems to be working.

“It wasn’t as dangerous as it has been,” she says.

The area is expected to get more rain in the coming days and flood conditions can develop quickly. Travelers are reminded to plan ahead for the weather and if there is a flash flood warning do not try to drive through standing water.