Jul 5, 2011 11:43 PM by Gene Cotton

Thunderstorms spur concerns of flooding

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Predictions of thunderstorms for Boulder County have emergency officials on alert for possible flooding where a wildfire last year left mountainsides west of Boulder bare of trees and bushes.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches for parts of Colorado's Front Range, including parts of Boulder, Larimer, Jefferson, Douglas and Gilpin counties. The watch runs through 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Forecasters say up to 2 inches of rain an hour is possible. Cities covered by the watch include Estes Park, Nederland, Fort Collins, Loveland, Nunn, Boulder, Golden, Brighton, Denver, Littleton and Aurora.

In north-central Colorado, a flash flood warning was in effect Tuesday night. The weather service says about one-half inch of rain fell in southeastern Grand County in less than 45 minutes.




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