Colorado Floodwaters Claim Second Victim

By Geetika Rudra

Aug 13, 2013 4:06pm

A Colorado teenager was found dead Tuesday morning after she went missing during severe rainstorms and flash flooding that have plagued the region. She’s the second person this week to perish in floodwaters in the Colorado Springs area.

Rose Hammes, 17, of Colorado Springs drowned Monday evening when a downpour turned the nearby West Fork Sand Creek into a raging river. Her body was found under a bridge in a canal early Tuesday morning, police told ABC affiliate KRDO.

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Courtesy the Family via KRDO

Hammes went for a walk around 3 p.m. Monday near West Fork Sand Creek, her father, Roman Hammes, told KRDO. When the storm hit Colorado Springs, Hammes called her mother, her father said.

“…Her mom asked if she wanted her to come get her,” her father continued. “Rose said ‘No, I’ll go under the bridge.’”

“[It was] typical for her to go walking around that area,” her father told the station. “Knowing Rose, she was probably over-confident of what she could do.”

Hammes’ parents told her to call them when the storm left the area, but she never did, her father said.

The Hammes family did not return ABC News’ request for comment.

She died from blunt force trauma and drowning, according to an autopsy conducted Tuesday morning.

Hammes is the second person to die in a flash flood in the Colorado Springs area this past week. John Collins, 53, was killed Friday during a flash flood along a Colorado highway, according to KRDO.

The Colorado Springs Police Department did not return ABC News’ request for comment.

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