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Flash-flood warning issued for Douglas County


Update: The National Weather Service flood warning expired for the majority of Douglas County early this afternoon, but it continued for Sedalia until "this evening or until the stream falls below flood stage."

With heavy rain continuing to pound the area, a flash-flood warning was issued this morning by the National Weather Service for Douglas County.

"Rapid rises on East Plum Creek have already been observed in the Castle Rock area," a weather service bulletin states.

"A flood wave will continue moving down Plum Creek this morning, reaching Sedalia before 10 a.m. High waters will continue moving down Plum Creek through this afternoon."

The weather service said other areas expected to see flooding include Highlands Ranch, Parker, Lone Tree, Roxborough Park, Larkspur and Franktown.

The flash-flood warning was in effect until 1 p.m. today.

Castle Rock, which has received up to 4 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, closed several trails this morning due to flooding: East Plum Creek Trail, Hangman's Gulch Trail, Mitchell Creek Canyon Trail and the Front Street Trail near Rock Park.

The town issued the following safety tips:

  • Call 911 in an emergency
  • Keep drainage ways clear to accommodate water. Don't put anything in the drainage system.
  • Avoid swift-moving water in the street.
  • Stay back from drains and streams.
  • Streams are rising along trails. Do not attempt to cross a flooded bridge or tunnel.
  • Detention ponds throughout town will be at or near capacity over the next 24 hours. Avoid these areas until the water recedes.


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