Slow-moving thunderstorms around Colorado Springs this afternoon dumped enormous amounts of rain over the region in a short period of time, leading to dangerous flash flooding across the area. One resident of the city took this incredible video of the water pounding a bridge with the fury of Niagara Falls.
Richelle Britigan took the video and posted it to KRDO News Channel 13's Facebook page this afternoon, depicting the flooding at the intersection of Garden of the Gods Road and Chestnut Street, located just off I-25 in northern Colorado Springs.
The station also posted the above image of water flooding down a brick staircase in nearby Manitou Springs.
Radar estimates as of 7:48PM MDT show that between one and three inches of rain have fallen across the Colorado Springs area today, leaving the onslaught of water no place to go but to run off in flash flooding. To highlight how fast the rain is falling, the NWS received a spotter report that a half of an inch of rain fell in Woodland Park, Colorado — northwest of Colorado Springs — in just fifteen minutes during one of the storms this evening.
Colorado Springs should have a chance to dry out after tonight. While a chance of storms exists in the area over the next couple of days, today held the best opportunity for flooding rains.
[Video by Richelle Britigan via KRDO, images via KRDO and Gibson Ridge | h/t to Nurse Kelley, thank you!]