River of hail runs through Denver metro area

DENVER - Heavy rain and hail hit the southern Denver metro area Thursday evening.

The hail accumulated so much at the intersection of Chatfield Avenue and Shaffer Parkway that it trapped at least one car and closed Chatfield for a time. 

A teenage driver was stuck in the hailstorm as he was talking to him mother on his cellphone.

"The water just takes my car rushing up over the hood and was like, 'Mom, I gotta go,'" said Bryndon Jackson.  "I was forced to open the door and all the water came rushing in and I knew I had to get out of there quick."

His car filled with water and hail and is likely totaled.

The county used a snowplow to open the road about an hour later.

Other areas experienced flooding from the heavy rains, including Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch and Ken Caryl.

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The Ute Pass corridor of Highway 24, west of Manitou Springs, also experienced flooding and Highway 24 was closed as a safety precaution early in the evening, then flood sirens sounded in Manitou Springs as a surge of water came down into Fountain Creek at about 9:15 p.m. 

A tweet from the El Paso County Sheriff's office at 9:15 said, "Move away from the waters edge. Rushing water approaching Manitou. Seek high ground."

At 9:40 p.m., a trained weather spotter 1 mile NE of Woodland Park in Teller County reported heavy rain with 3.7 inches of rain falling so far.

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A campground was flooded in Green Mountain Falls.

Highway 24 was reopened to traffic at midnight.  A flash flood warning for the area is in effect until 1 a.m. Friday.

The area was hit by flash flooding previously that killed one man and sent cars, rocks and debris down the highway and into Manitou Springs.

In the Black Forest burn area, Black Forest Road was closed between Woodmen and Cowpoke roads at about 8 p.m., the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.  It was still closed at 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service also issued a small stream flood advisory for west central Weld county until 1245 am.  Heavy rain and street flooding being reported at 9:45 p.m.

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