MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper made a disaster declaration for El Paso County Monday night. The declaration will free up some money for clean up and recovery efforts in places like Manitou Springs.
Heavy rain brought more mud and high water into Manitou Springs Monday afternoon.
Highway 24 was closed from Pikes Peak Highway to Ridge Road. So was Manitou Ave. into the town to all but emergency vehicles.
FOX31 Denver reporter Greg Nieto says pea-sized hail was falling in the town along with steady, heavy rain at about 3:30 p.m.
The Red Cross opened an evacuation center at the 1st Congregational Church at 103 Pawnee Ave. in Manitou Springs. As of 3:30 p.m., there were 20 people at the shelter, the Red Cross spokesman Bill Fortune said.
The Colorado Springs Emergency Operations Center was activated late Monday afternoon and was in “monitoring” mode.
The rain ended around 4:00 p.m. More heavy rain was possible for the area Tuesday.
Flash flooding in the same area killed one man on Friday.
Authorities said a woman who was reported missing from the flooding Friday was located Monday. She was safe.
At least six homes were destroyed and 30 were damaged.