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Storm hits Ute Pass area hardest; El Paso County Office of Emergency Management activated for area flooding.

Situation update 5:20 p.m.:

  • Emergency Operations Center Activated at 4:10 p.m.
  • Manitou low lying areas evacuated and flooding reported along Canon Avenue
  • Highway 24 Westbound Closed in Ute Pass due to flooding
  • Evacuation Center established at First Congregational Church on Pawnee in Manitou. Please enter the church from the back entrance (drive up via a one-way street).
  • Motorists should avoid driving into running water even shallow water can float a vehicle
  • Hail widespread through the area with bigger impact reported in Fountain Valley area
  • Red Cross is opening an evacuation center at 105 North Weber in downtown Colorado Springs
  • Heavy Street flooding reported in the Security-Widefield Area
  • Reverse 9-1-1 sent to Manitou and Ute Pass to evacuate low lying areas

OEM is monitoring weather reports and watching carefully as a second storm pass is now predicted in the Ute Pass Area between 7 and 8 p.m.

El Paso County Public Works is dispatching road equipment to assist with debris removal and damage in the Cascade and Green Mountain Falls area.

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