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East Denver residents forced to evacuate as pond overflows in flood

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DENVER -- East Denver residents were forced to evacuate Thursday afternoon as city drainage systems proved unable to handle record-setting rainfall in the area.

Residents in the area bounded by Colfax Avenue and 11 Avenue, and Verbena and Xanthia streets, were forced to leave as a retention pond overflowed, police said. Reverse emergency calls went out to residents, who were asked to go 11th and Yosemite streets.

Voluntary evacuations were ordered in the area of 11th Avenue to 14th Avenue and from Wabash Street to Yosemite Street. Those evacuees from that area are also asked to go to 11th and Yosemite.

Meanwhile, clogged drains created pockets of standing water throughout the Stapleton and Park Hill neighborhoods. A ramp from eastbound I-70 to Quebec Street was closed after it sustained structural damage.