EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Many residents of southwestern El Paso County have learned they don't have to be near the wildfire burn scars to be at risk for flash flooding.
Flooding caused extensive damage in Rock Creek Canyon, Turkey Canyon Ranch and Keeton Ranch on Thursday night. The small communities are west of Highway 115 near Fort Carson.
Neighbors said the roar of rushing water and rolling boulders during heavy rain Thursday night kept them up and had them fearing the worst. The next morning, they found erosion along creek beds, water above flood stage, downed trees and telephone poles, and washed-out roads.
Many residents are forced to find detours while others must walk nearly a mile to reach their homes.
Neighbors said culverts clogged with debris contributed to flooding on private Turkey Canyon Ranch Road. The president of the homeowners' association said residents will pay the estimated $40,000 repair bill to install larger culverts.
A driver on that road became stuck when he tried to drive through deep water and was towed out by officials at Fort Carson.
Keeton Ranch Road also is a private road, while the damaged Rock Creek Canyon Road primarily is a county road. Both roads were washed out in sections.
Neighbors say repairs can't start until the water recedes.