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Flash flood watch issued for Waldo burn scar

Published: May 7, 2013, 3:43 pm, by Ryan Handy

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A series of rainstorms this week could mean the first serious test for the Waldo Canyon burn scar this year, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo released on Tuesday afternoon a flash flood watch for the burn scar, effective from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning. Click here to read details about the forecast.

But that doesn’t mean that a flash flood is guaranteed to happen, said meteorologist Stan Rose. Whether or not the days of rain turn into flash floods depends upon how quickly the rain falls, which is still unknown, Rose said.

The Mountain Shadows community flood preparedness meeting Tuesday night–which had already been postponed–comes at an ideal time, considering the week of weather ahead. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Sanctuary at Front Range Alliance Church, 5210 Centennial Blvd.

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
310 PM MDT TUE MAY 7 2013

...FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE FROM WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY ACROSS THE
WALDO CANYON BURN SCAR REGION AND ASSOCIATED DOWNSTREAM
AREAS...INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO MANITOU SPRINGS AND THE OLD
COLORADO CITY REGION OF COLORADO SPRINGS...

Meanwhile, the higher elevations of El Paso County and Teller County have been put on a winter storm watch. Pikes Peak could see as much as two feet of new snow by the week’s end, Rose said.

The persistent drought the plagues Colorado makes such storms a mixed blessing for El Paso County in particular. Moisture is desperately needed, but the baked soil of the Waldo Canyon burn scar could send less than an inch of rain cascading down to wreak havoc in Colorado Springs.

“This maybe the first of several potential flooding headaches for that area,” Rose said.

A storm is also expected to move into the Rockies from the Pacific this weekend, posing another flood threat.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to dry out any time soon,” Rose added.