Flood Response Update

DENVER, CO ­— Thursday, September 12, 2013 –  The transportation network in Denver is largely open and passable for the evening rush hour.  Road closures are in effect in the areas of Colfax and Yosemite, 47th and Quebec and 56th and Roslyn, where crews are on-site and attempting to contain flooding. There may also be some pockets of localized street flooding throughout the City, but conditions are mostly clear. Commuters should still expect a slow drive home tonight and be aware of standing water and splash-back when driving.

Streets are closed in the area of 11th to 14th Avenues and Wabash to Yosemite Streets. Residents wishing to leave the area may go to the Denver Police District 2 Station - 3921 N. Holly. 

At this point there is no significant threat to the area. City officals will continue to monitor the situation throughout the duration of the storm. 

Denver residents are asked to stay off the roads in flooded areas if possible. 

Safety tips for driving in heavy rain:

If you must drive, please remember:

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.
  • One foot of water will float most vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles — including SUVs and pick-ups.
  • If you must drive through water, drive slowly and steadily.
  • Avoid driving in water with downed electrical or power lines; the electric current passes through water easily.
  • Stay off the telephone unless you must report severe injuries.
  • Watch out for manholes that have lost their covers due to high water volumes.

Safety tips for walking or cycling on urban trails:

  • Do not walk or bike near a river or stream during or following heavy rainfall, even onDenver’s paved urban bike and walking trails; water flow can quickly increase and flooding can occur without notice.
  • Never take shelter in a culvert or in an enclosed space, especially in low elevations by rivers and streams. Always go to higher ground out of the flow of water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can cause a person to fall
  • If lightning is present, do not stand under or near an isolated tree or group of trees.
  • Never allow children to play around streams, drainage ditches or viaducts, storm drains or flooded areas.

Posted on September 12, 2013 (Archive on October 18, 2013)
Posted by kpellegrin  Contributed by kpellegrin