Flash flood watch continues for the eastern mountains and adjacent plains

A flash flood watch continues for the eastern mountains of Colorado and the adjacent plains through tonight.

The watch includes Colorado Springs and Pueblo and is scheduled to expire at 9 p.m.

The ground is saturated in many areas from recent rain storms, and forecast models suggest heavy rainfall is a good possibility across much of Colorado through the day today.

Areas near the Waldo Canyon, East Peak, Royal Gorge, Eightmile and Black Forest burn scars will be particularly susceptible to flooding, however the flash flood danger will not be limited to the burn scars.

Area creeks and rivers have been running higher than normal because of recent rainfall, and streets and drainages may flood if heavy rain falls over urban areas.

The rain dampened afternoon plans for some Colorado Springs residents Tuesday.

"We wanted to go to the Sky Sox game but I am thinking it's going to be canceled," said Brent Bailey.

Instead, Bailey checked out Camp Creek running through 31st Street.

"Something fun, something to do, just wanted to see if it would get crazy and flooding," said Bailey.

Rain didn't hinder runners from participating in Jack Quinn's Running Club.

"You aren't going to melt and it's so warm out it's not a big deal. If you can get a shower and a run at the same time, perfect," said runner Tim Ogden.

"It's incredible, we were talking about that, the moisture here this year has been insane," said Vance Lampe.

Showers followed heavy rains in Fountain. Drivers said it slowed them down, but it didn't stop them.

"It was tough, we slowed down, everybody slowed down. I think people are getting used to the heavy rain," said Jack Smalley.

"I'll tell you if you don't have good wipers, you aren't going to see nothing," said Sally Vigil.

Never drive through flooded roadways. You never know how deep the water is or if the roadway has been washed out. It only takes 6" of water to stall most cars and a foot of water to make many vehicles float.

You should also have a plan to get to safety should a flash flood warning be issued for your location. If you are caught in a canyon, you should climb to higher ground.

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