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Colorado Flooding

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Colorado Flooding, Searchers on Tuesday pulled the body of 17-year-old Rose Hammes from Sand Creek – a creek bed that normally runs dry.

During a separate downpour Friday evening, heavy rains in Colorado Springs caused the usually docile trickle of Shooks Run to whip into a raging torrent – nearly pulling a man downstream near Kiowa Street.

The latest cases of flash flooding took place miles from the Waldo Canyon or Black Forest burn areas in streams that only fill during rare downpours. The incidents – and a spate of others over the last couple of weeks – underscore the dangerous way that seemingly innocuous waterways can turn to deadly torrents, officials said.

“It has rained so much over the past few weeks, it won’t take lots for the creek beds to overflow,” said Tommy Smith, the Colorado Springs Fire Department’s interim chief. “Even if it rains up north, the water will eventually get here (the city).”

The threat of flash flooding has always been a part of life in Manitou Springs, which sits at the mouth of Williams and Waldo canyons. The Waldo Canyon fire in 2012 made the danger much worse, as residents discovered this year.

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