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Street flooding widespread after weekend monsoon

Highway 86 closed between Kiowa and I-70

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Flash flooding, dangerous lightning, large hail, and the threat of tornadoes made for a wild weekend of weather in eastern Colorado.

Deep puddles and washed out roads made travel difficult across the region Saturday night. Eastbound I-70 is closed at Tower Road because of heavy rain, and Highway 86 is closed in both directions between I-70 and Kiowa. C-DOT says the closure is due to flooding and road damage. There is no estimate on when either road will re-open.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 viewers in both Colorado Springs and Pueblo were reporting street flooding Saturday night. Drivers are advised to avoid large puddles and running water. StormTracker 13 Chief Meteorologist Matt Meister says the best way to stay safe is to remember the slogan "Turn around, don't drown." The water may not look deep, but looks can be deceiving, and it only takes a little bit of fast moving water to move a car.

From Wyoming to New Mexico and the Front Range to Kansas, it seems no area was spared. Except the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fire burn scars where no significant flooding had been reported as of late Saturday night.

Street flooding was widespread across the Colorado Springs and Pueblo areas as storms, at times severe, moved slowly across the two metro areas. Tornado Warnings that were issued northeast of Colorado Springs Saturday evening have been cancelled. There are no reports of any tornadoes having touched down in El Paso County.

The flooding rains were accompanied by baseball sized hail and reports of 6 tornadoes in northeastern Colorado. There are unconfirmed reports that some homes in Weld County had their roofs blown off, according to KMGH.

While Sunday's weather is not expected to be quite as severe, there are thunderstorms in the forecast once again. Click here for your updated StormTracker 13 forecast, Live HD Doppler Radar, and our network of live cameras.

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