Storm brings risk of floods, hope of relief in parched West



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DENVER (AP) — The latest in a series of Pacific storms spreading damp weather across the West is raising concerns of flooding in areas stripped bare by forest fires. But there are also hopes of relief in drought-stricken states.

A storm brought up to 3 inches of rain to the Colorado Springs area by this morning, raising the levels of streams and the risk of flooding. The warning area included land burned by a 2012 wildfire that destroyed about 350 homes and burned about 29 square miles. No serious flooding has been reported there yet.

In the mountains, up to 2 feet of snow is expected.

The storm has dropped heavy rains in Utah and parts of Arizona and California in recent days. Up to 2 inches of rain fell in some areas of northern Utah over the weekend, causing minor flooding and a rock slide.

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122-a-05-(Nicki Trost (trohst), spokesperson, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in AP interview)-"areas as well"-Colorado Emergency Management spokesperson Nicki Trost says in addition to flash flood concerns along the Front Range, there's a winter weather watch in the Rockies. (19 May 2015)

<<CUT *122 (05/19/15)££ 00:05 "areas as well"

124-a-08-(Nicki Trost (trohst), spokesperson, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in AP interview)-"a flood area"-Colorado Emergency Management spokesperson Nicki Trost says people across the state need to be aware of weather conditions as they head out today, with heavy snow possible in the mountains and flooding a possibility along the Front Range and elsewhere. (19 May 2015)

<<CUT *124 (05/19/15)££ 00:08 "a flood area"

121-a-12-(Nicki Trost (trohst), spokesperson, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in AP interview)-"to northeast Colorado."-Colorado Emergency Management spokesperson Nicki Trost says flood concerns in the state extend from the Pueblo area northward along the Front Range of the Rockies. (19 May 2015)

<<CUT *121 (05/19/15)££ 00:12 "to northeast Colorado."

123-a-07-(Nicki Trost (trohst), spokesperson, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in AP interview)-"middle of May"-Colorado Emergency Management spokesperson Nicki Trost says it's not unusual for snow to fall in the Rockies in May, but not the kind of snowstorm that's in the forecast today. (19 May 2015)

<<CUT *123 (05/19/15)££ 00:07 "middle of May"

117-a-06-(Stephen Hodanish (hoh-DAN'-ish), senior meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"at this time"-Meteorologist Steve Hodanish of the National Weather Service says days of heavy rain have raised flooding concerns in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado, as well as the areas scarred by wildfires in 2012 and 2013. ((watch for dating)) (19 May 2015)

<<CUT *117 (05/19/15)££ 00:06 "at this time"

116-a-14-(Stephen Hodanish (hoh-DAN'-ish), senior meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"the urban areas"-Meteorologist Steve Hodanish of the National Weather Service says flash flood warnings are in effect for Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado. ((watch for dating)) (19 May 2015)

<<CUT *116 (05/19/15)££ 00:14 "the urban areas"

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