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Snow helps prevent flooding in Waldo Canyon area

9:04 AM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Snow has so far helped prevent significant flooding at the scene of one of Colorado's most destructive wildfires. 

The Gazette reported Thursday that the center of the burn area as well as Woodland Park has received about 8 inches of snow. 

A forecaster at the National Weather Service said that if the moisture had fallen as rain, flash flooding would have resulted. 

A small rockslide did temporarily shut down one lane on westbound U.S. Highway 24 near Manitou Springs in the morning. 

Forecasters are still keeping an eye for storms that could lead to flash flooding later. 

Many residents in the Colorado Springs neighborhood devastated by the fire have lined their properties with sandbags. 

Snow is also forecast for parts of Colorado's mountains.

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