- 07.11.13 10:25 AM EDT
A thunderstorm in Colorado caused a massive mudslide on Wednesday that covered two lanes of a highway and swept away cars in its path. The National Weather Service says the mudslide was a direct result of the Waldo Canyon area fire last year since plants that would have absorbed some of the rainfall have burned.
The waves of mud, rock and debris covered a four-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 24 at Manitou Springs, shutting down the roadway for almost three hours. Some drivers were stranded but no injuries have been reported. The American Red Cross opened a shelter for people seeking higher ground.