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Scout camp closing for the season after second flash flood evacuation

Hundreds of scouts evacuated from ranch near Walsenburg

HUERFANO COUNTY - A scout camp near Walsenburg is closing for the season after being evacuated because of flash flooding for a second time in less than two weeks.

More than 150 scouts and staff members were forced to leave the ranch around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. (7/16/14).  They were taken to the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg. 

The Red Cross says that as of 11 a.m. there were 92 boy scouts and 55 adult leaders and camp staff at the evacuation center.

Sheriff Bruce Neumann says two of the scouts were swept away by the flood waters, but were quickly rescued.

Five scouts had minor injuries and were taken to Spanish Peaks Regional Hospital to be treated for cuts and bruises.

These scouts are not the same ones who were at the camp on July 8 when it had to be evacuated because of flash flooding.

The scouts who were evacuated Wednesday night are now preparing to head home. Most of them live in Kansas.

The camp is located near the burn scar from last year's East Peak Fire, which is one of the reasons that it is experiencing so many flooding issues this summer.

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