U.S. 24 Reopened, Southern Colorado Cleaning Up After Monday’s Thunderstorms

July 23, 2018
Storm Clouds forming over Pikes Peak, as seen from downtown Colorado Springs.Storm Clouds forming over Pikes Peak, as seen from downtown Colorado Springs. Ali Budner
Storm Clouds forming over Pikes Peak, as seen from downtown Colorado Springs.

Updated Tuesday, 9:35 a.m.

Southern Colorado is recovering from thunderstorms that caused widespread flooding, mudslides and other damage Monday.

Officials warn that more storms are possible in the region Tuesday, but the National Weather Service says those storms are expected to be "less widespread/less severe" than Monday's.

The National Weather Service provided this radar look at Monday's storms:

U.S. Highway 24 is open, following a closure that lasted roughly four hours between Green Mountain Falls and Cave of the Winds due to flooding and mudslides.

CDOT has also reopened a section of U.S. 50 near La Junta, which was closed Monday night.

Meanwhile, heavy rain caused flooding in Manitou Springs Monday afternoon, leading the city to issue evacuation orders for low-lying areas. 

The El Paso County Office of Emergency Management reports "heavy damage and debris along Ruxton Ave and Canon Ave" in Manitou Springs, as well as flooded basements and substantial damage to gravel roads throughout the Ute Pass area. The county says it is responding to requests for heavy equipment to aid in clean up efforts in Manitou Springs and other parts of the county. 

Manitou Springs Mayor Ken Jaray issued the following statement about storm damage in the city:

In southern El Paso County, officials are responding to road damage and downed power lines from Security-Widefield to the Pueblo County line. 

The City of Colorado Springs is also reporting damage in North Cheyenne Cañon Park as a result of Monday's storm. 

Teller County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, Commander Greg Couch, captured the scene further up Ute Pass Monday afternoon as heavy rain caused flooding in Crystola:

As some communties continue to face flash flood warnings, the National Weather Service reminds people in affected areas that "excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage and low-lying spots."

Red Cross shelters in Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs, which opened for several hours Monday, have been closed.