1 dead, 3 missing in Colorado floods
Floodwaters wash over a highway in Manitou Springs, Colorado, this weekend.
August 10th, 2013
03:00 PM ET

1 dead, 3 missing in Colorado floods

Three people were unaccounted for in Manitou Springs, Colorado, after an inch and a half of rain caused flash floods, the town's police chief said Saturday.

One of the missing is a petite blonde woman "seen near the creek hanging in a tree one minute and not seen the next," Police Chief Joe Ribeiro said. Two other men were also reported missing by a family member and a neighbor.

The National Weather Service say more showers and thunderstorms are expected through the weekend in states ranging from the Pacific Northwest to the deep South. In Colorado, slow-moving, heavy rain could wreak even more havoc by way of flash flooding as it falls on saturated and unstable soils in the area plagued by last year's devastating Waldo Canyon wildfire.

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  1. Shanda

    I was born in Boulder, CO but moved away at a young age. I went back to visit in 2003 at the age of 29 and during my visit visited Manitou Springs. When I got there they were celebrating the annual Coffin races. I came to find that in the 1800's a well known woman in the community was buried at the top of a mountain in Manitou Springs and during a torrential downpour and flooding such as the one in this article, her coffin was unearthed and came racing down the mountain. Hence the reason that every year they celebrate the event with the annual coffin races where everyone makes their own coffin to race down the mountain. Kind of dark but funny. I hope this wasn't the date for the races.

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