Aurora street flooding worsens; Commerce City issues evacuation orders | News
AURORA, Colo. — Freak rainstorms that caused massive flooding in Boulder had also settled over the Denver metro area Thursday morning, causing serious problems in Aurora and much of east Denver.
Streets were flooding, with significant water over the roadway on Havana Street between Exposition and Alameda. Police had closed the road as of 10:30 a.m. Southbound Interstate 225 was closed at Alameda Avenue about 1:30 p.m. The intersection of Peoria Street and Colfax Avenue was closed as well.
Elsewhere, Westerly Creek Park in northeast Denver appeared to be mostly submerged.
Commerce City police reported nearly a dozen road closures across the area. Homes in the Fairfax Park area were experiencing flooding, police said.
“We are trying to keep closures updated via Twitter, but it is becoming too numerous,” Aurora Police said in a media release. “(We) have done numerous rescues and pulled several vehicles from water. Streets are shut down all over Aurora. We are asking everyone to not go out if you do not need to and to please not add to the mess by driving through Aurora.”
Callers reporting a sinkhole forming near Alameda and Havana. Avoid intersection.
— The Aurora Sentinel (@aurorasentinel) September 12, 2013
@bigdawg811 Ramp from EB I-70 to SB I–25 just closed due to flooding.
— Brian Jackson (@bjackrian) September 12, 2013
— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) September 12, 2013