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Hit hard by fire and rain

Months after Royal Gorge Fire, residents deal with deluge

CANON CITY — From fire to rain, residents here have seen it all in just three months.

The June 11 Royal Gorge Fire burned 3,162 acres of forest and leveled 48 buildings at the Royal Gorge Bridge. Exactly three months after the start of the fire, the deluge of rain hit.

It’s been a long time since residents here have seen flooded streets but between 3 and 5 inches of rain Wednesday and Thursday left many North Canon areas underwater.

According to Fremont County Commissioner Ed Norden, who mans the National Weather Service cooperative rain gauge at KRLN-Radio, 3.40 inches of rain fell between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, with 1.2 inches coming in a very short time span early Thursday. Callers reported rainfall in their gauges reaching as high as 5 inches.

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