DENVER – Heavy weather pulled into the Colorado Mountains and Front Range on Monday afternoon, causing heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides in the area.
A mudslide shut down US Highway 285 near Bailey at about 2 pm, but crews were able to clear the highway a few hours later.
When the Bailey mudslides cleared, US Highway 24 near Manitou Springs closed causing the evacuation of hundreds of homes and businesses. The Waldo fire scar has made the area more susceptible to flooding.
The weather also prompted DIA officials to make a complete ground-stop at the airport, which meant no flights could be let in or out. But the stop was canceled around 5pm.
Here are real-time information about the severe weather breakout: [1
#PSA : If you ask yourself, "I wonder if my car will make it through this great body of water?" – Do not drive! We save motorists who have asked the same question. Please drive carefully! @AuroraFireDpt #SaferAurora pic.twitter.com/glVnVXhBm4
– Aurora Police Dept (AuroraPD) July 24, 2018
18:01: Stranded motorists on East 56th Avenue near Peoria Street Junction had to be rescued after heavy rain flooded the intersection.
17:47: The Rescue teams are near the intersection of East Arapahoe Road and South Gartell Road in Aurora, the site of heavy flooding.
– Aurora Police Directorate (@AuroraPD) July 23, 2018
17:20: The DIA has made a full stop at the airport. Weather had caused officials to stop around 4 p.M.
17:13 pm: Manitou Springs City officials tweeted that residents should evacuate to higher ground. An evacuation center has been set up at the community parish church, 103 Pawnee Ave.
All residents are advised to evacuate to higher elevations. An evacuation center was opened in the parish church at Pawnee Avenue 103 (near the elementary school)
– Manitou Springs (@manitouGOV) July 23, 2018
17:09: Emergency notifications were posted 450 homes were sent in the Ute Pass area, warning residents of flash floods.
17:00: The mudslide that closed off Highway 285 near Bailey Monday has been cleared, but the purge continues. The slide caused a muddy confusion for residents and businesses in Bailey.
It's a muddy mess in Bailey! This afternoon there is a mud shut down on the HWY 285, and everyone is still cleaning up. pic.twitter.com/J6EpDCt58Y
– Liz Gelardi (@LizGelardi) July 23, 2018
4:57 pm: Highway 24 near Manitou Springs is due to flooding closed.
US 24: Full closure between Mountain Glen Ct and 3rd St (near Woodland Park). Floods and Slips in the Area
– CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) July 23, 2018
16:51 hrs: Heavy rainfall causes flooding in the Waldo Burn Scar near Manitou Springs. Evacuations are available to residents in low-lying areas.
4:39 pm: Colorado Springs, Woodland Park and Manitou Springs are subject to a lightning strike warning until 7pm
4:36 pm: El Paso County officials have flood sirens Activated near Manitou Springs to evacuate low-lying areas after flooding the West Hwy 24 corridor in the area.
#Breaking – The @ElPaso_OEM has activated its ECC to support the storm in El Paso County. At the moment there is a tidal wave along the West Hwy 24 corridor and Manitou Springs has activated flood sirens to evacuate low-lying areas. #cowx
– El Paso County PIO (@epcpio) July 23, 2018
16:24 : Denver International Airport is on a high ground due to extreme weather conditions. A full stop on the ground means that no flights to or from the airport are possible at this time. The airport representatives killed the station at 15:50. There is no word about when it will be canceled.
– Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 23, 2018
16:10: The Highway 285 is open again:
H285 is open. Thank you CDOT for the quick answer and tidy up. Photo is during the cleaning. pic.twitter.com/nicmjAFXIP
– CSP Canon City (@CSP_CanonCity) July 23, 2018
15:34 : The closure on Highway 285 is just south due to the mudslide from Bailey, located at the milestone 221. The mudslide happened around 2 pm A CDOT spokesman said a maintenance team told her the film was "relatively small".
14:34: Highway 285 is closed due to a mudslide south of Bailey. Thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail are expected until the afternoon.
US 285: Safety Barrier at Old Stage Coach Rd (1m S from Bailey). Due to mudslides
– CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) July 23, 2018