North American Monsoon news: All of Colorado is under a flash flood watch or setting up for minor flooding

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Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for a screenshot of the Colorado Flood Threat Bulletin this morning at around 5:30 a.m. from the Colorado Water Conservation Board Flood DSS. Here’s a report from The Durango Herald (Dale Rodebaugh). From the article:

The current flash-flood watch, which covers all of western Colorado and eastern Utah, says 1 to 2 inches of rain per hour can be expected. The annual monsoon season, the regular late-day showers that douse the area, began with precipitation during the Fourth of July weekend…

“Six inches of fast-moving water can knock most adults off their feet,” Pringle said. “One foot of water can float 1,500 pounds, which means that 2 feet of water can lift most vehicles – big trucks excluded.” The vast majority of people who have died in flash foods across the country in recent years have been in a vehicle, [Jim Pringle a National Weather Service forecaster] said.

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