Summer storm plows through area


Interstate 70 through central Denver reopened Aug. 7 after powerful thunderstorms caused flooding along the Central 70 project. Some flood waters remained on side streets during the morning rush hour Aug. 8.

Denver fire officials reported 19 rescues during the storm. Officials said part of the flooding was the result of storm drains that weren't big enough to handle the amount of water. When complete, the Central 70 project will increase storm drain size. Flooding also was reported in Northglenn  (I-25 under East 104th Avenue) and Thornton (East 84th Avenue and Grant Street).

Rain totals of 2.5 inches were reported near Westminster just as the storm began. A weather gauge recorded more than 2 inches of rain near Federal Heights. A weather observer station near Kittredge, in Jefferson County, reported 1.69 inches of rain.

Almost an inch and a quarter fell near Keeney Park (near Evergreen) in Jefferson County,  and a little bit more than inch of rain fell near Loveland Pass in Clear Creek County.

That wasn't the only storm to plow through the area over the weekend. Torrential winds and rain uprooted trees and damaged property, including Brighton High School's field scoreboard, Aug. 6.

There have been no reports of injuries from either set of storms.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service think the weather will stay dry and warm up through most of the week. There's a better chance of more rain this coming weekend.

National Weather Service, thunderstorms, flooding, Central 70 project


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