Heavy hail, rain hit Fort Collins, other northern Colorado communities

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Heavy hail and rain hit Fort Collins and other northern Front Range communities on Tuesday night.

Streets and intersections were closed because of flooding.

Flooding at Lake Street and East Drive in Fort Collins, Colorado. (Photo: Fort Collins Police Department)

According to the National Weather Service, close to 1 1/2 inches of rain pounded the areas from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hail piled up in neighborhoods and families and kids broke out shovels.

Center Avenue and Lake Street flooded. Crews spent hours trying to clear clogged storm drains.

At one point, the Fort Collins Police Department asked people to avoid calling about the hail unless they had a real emergency.

The Poudre Fire Authority reported it had to respond to several emergency calls, many of them from people trapped in high water who couldn't get out of their vehicles.

At least five buildings at Colorado State University had some flooding, but no injuries were reported.

Viewers sent video of the storm, which hit quickly.

Storms could bring similar threats to the region on Wednesday.

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