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Jul 11, 2013 6:03 AM by Garrett Boyd

US 24 in Manitou Springs area open after mudslide



MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A thunderstorm sent rocks, mud, debris and running water rushing down part of U.S. 24 in a canyon in Manitou Springs, leaving some vehicles covered or stuck in mud.

The rockslide closed a four-mile stretch of U.S. 24 Wednesday afternoon. The highway is now back open. El Paso County sheriff's officials said there was no immediate report of injuries.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter for people seeking higher ground. We're told eight flood victims were brought to the shelter.

After the Waldo Canyon Fire last year and the Black Forest Fire this year, soil and vegetation that normally would absorb rainfall there has been burned away.

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