A late afternoon storm pelted the community of Fowler on Wednesday.
The storm hit the area at 3:30 hard and fast, causing power outages, flooding and road closures. Water flowing quickly over the Highway 50 and Nespesta Road stranded travelers in the eastbound lane. The Fowler Fire Department was dispatched to Highway 50 and Nepesta Road for a car stuck in the middle of the fast flowing waters. Bill Jackson of Lamar, the stranded driver, was traveling to Pueblo and decided to turn around when he hit the bad weather. Jackson's vehicle was caught in the fast flowing waters that covered the Highway. Mike Major, the driver of a semi truck, Josh Mills a Fed Ex Driver from Pueblo, Randy Corsentino, Matt Thompson and Chris McMahan all members of the Fowler Fire Department helped pull Jackson from the flowing water. Later in the evening the Highline Canal broke it's bank and caused evacuations of three families in the Nepesta area. The Oxford Ditch held the mass of water, however according to the Oxford Ditch Rider, Kirk Lamphier, "It is filled up with sand, gravel and trash but held for the most part." Dan Henrichs, the Highline Canal Rider was unavailable for comment at press time. All train traffic was stopped due to water flowing over the railroad tracks. Fire Department crews and Colorado Department of Transportation crews were on scene late into the night. Highway 50 at Nepesta remained closed most of the night, however evacuees were able to return to their homes. Fowler Fire Chief Tracy Nelson was unsure of where the water was flowing over the railroad tracks and the locations of the Oxford Canal breaks. "I want to remind people to never attempt to drive through flood water and definitely do not attempt to walk across them," said Nelson.