5 things you need to know for Wednesday July 21st

Good morning, Southern Colorado and you have to be on yours

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Get your latest weather forecast for First Alert 5

Flash Flood Watches roam the western mountains today, with hot and dry conditions expected in most of the eastern plains.

The storms will be slow moving today and will be scattered from the mountains to the Pikes Peak region. Heavy rain and lightning are the main threats today, with some storms displacing strong winds.

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School districts await government instructions on face masks in classrooms

Colorado has released its COVID-19 back to school guide. The state says it will adopt the CDC recommendations that came out a few weeks ago. This includes asking all staff and students aged two and over to wear a mask if they are not vaccinated, encouraging hand washing, and asking sick students to stay at home.

The latest Colorado Public Health Ordinance states that masks are not required in school.

Because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends anyone over the age of two to wear a mask during school. The federal government has not followed the AAP mask recommendation for the fall semester.

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Garden of the Gods Road will reopen Wednesday morning

Colorado Springs Utilities said Tuesday that all lanes on Garden of the Gods Road will open at 6 a.m. on Wednesday

CSU said crews and contractors have been working around the clock and the last bit of new asphalt will cure overnight and be ready by Wednesday morning.

The lanes to the east are still closed, but two lanes to the west were reopened on Saturday.

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Rental assistance available as the deadline is running out

As the eviction moratorium expires later this month, El Paso County officials say help continues to be available to those who need it.

There are specific requirements for people who need rental assistance. Requirements include a change in income due to the effects of the pandemic or when someone is at risk of becoming homeless.

Applications for subsidies are open to both landlords and tenants.

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Brisbane was selected to host the 2032 Olympics with no competition32

The Australian city was the inevitable winner of a race with a candidate that was controlled by the IOC to avoid competing offers.

The Games will return to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Melbourne hosted the 1956 Games.

Brisbane follows the Los Angeles host of 2028 who has 11 years of lead time and wins in a new bid format that allows the IOC to make preferred choices early on.

After this year’s Tokyo Olympics, Paris will host the Summer Games in 2024.

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