The Latest: Large sinkhole swallows car in suburban Denver
Jul. 25, 2018
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on severe storms causing flooding in Colorado (all times local):
A large sinkhole swallowed a car in suburban Denver as heavy rain and blustery winds pounded parts of the Front Range.
The Denver Post reports the sinkhole opened on a road in Sheridan on Tuesday, and the driver was able to get out without the help of police. The Sheridan Police Department tweeted a photo of the sinkhole with only part of the car peeking out of the water.
The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings as intense weather developed in northeastern Colorado. Meanwhile, another round of storms brought mudslides to an area burned by a wildfire in southwest Colorado. U.S. Highway 550 near Durango was temporarily closed Tuesday as crews cleared debris that washed onto the road.
Similar weather patterns are expected in Colorado on Wednesday.
People in southern Colorado are cleaning up after heavy rain triggered mudslides and flooding and hail piled up like snow.
Residents and businesses in Manitou Springs near Colorado Springs were told to evacuate because of Monday's rain.
Flood sirens were common in the resort town after the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, prompting flood-control measures. The Gazette reported that the latest damage appeared less extensive than in the past, with rocks, gravel and hail left behind after the rain, rather than mud.
The flooding and mudslides temporarily shut down U.S. Highway 24 near Manitou Springs. Flooding also forced the closure of roads in Fremont County.