Snowplows needed to move hail after Colo. storm

Aug 23 2013 - 5:12pm

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A stranded motorist uses his cell phone as he waits for help Thursday night, August 22, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a slow moving storm dropped about three inches of rain in the area. The man ended up walking away from the flooded car as the rain subsided. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis )
A stranded motorist uses his cell phone as he waits for help Thursday night, August 22, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a slow moving storm dropped about three inches of rain in the area. The man ended up walking away from the flooded car as the rain subsided. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis )

 

PARACHUTE, Colo. -- A day after heavy rain and hail pounded central Colorado, a new storm led to flooding that has closed stretches of Interstate 70 and U.S. 6 in the western part of the state.

Three-mile stretches of both highways were closed west of the town of Parachute due to flooding Friday afternoon. Parachute is about 200 miles west of Denver.

Law-enforcement officials reported 6 inches of mud on Colorado 64 near Rangely, and gusts that downed trees and broke a power pole in Mesa County.

On Thursday, torrential rain stranded some drivers in the Colorado Springs area, but the flood-damaged city of Manitou Springs escaped without significant flooding. The heaviest of Thursday's rain fell upstream from the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fire burn areas, preventing mudslides in Manitou Springs.

Southwest of Denver, snowplows were on the streets to move hail Thursday.

 

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