Heavy rain falls across Front Range, floods streets, diverts flights, causes wild scenes

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DENVER — With several counties under flash flood warnings Thursday and many more under a flash flood watch through Friday, heavy rain continued to fall over the Front Range. Tremendous downpours across Denver extended the evening commute into Thursday night for thousands of motorists.

The water just doesn’t have anyplace to go since the ground is saturated everywhere. None of it is soaking into the ground.

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for the South Platte River in Denver until 5 a.m. Friday. The river was expected to rise to flood stage of 11 feet which would cause minor flooding along its banks. The last time it rose to that level was in 1998.

Check out the video below from a neighborhood at South Colorado Boulevard and East Yale Avenue.

Impressive amounts of rain fell in very short periods of time Thursday evening. Southeast Denver got 1.58″ of rain in about 40 minutes according to the National Weather Service. See more rainfall reports here.

According to DIA spokesperson Laura Coale, 17 flights were diverted as of 6:45 p.m. Most of flights were diverted to Colorado Springs, but some went to Cheyenne and Amarillo.

DIA itself is dry, but the flight diversions are due to weather around the area. Airport operations are currently at a 2-hour delay and aren’t set to return to normal until at least 9:45 p.m.

From storms up North in Larimer County near Loveland and Longmont to rainfall down in Parker and Aurora, we saw some intense rain, hail and even street flooding.

Elbert County received significant rainfall in the early evening, with 2.22 inches falling in just 30 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

The City of Aurora Tweeted that there was major flooding of Arapahoe Road westbound near E-470 bridge around 5:45 p.m.

Reporter Ashley Michels caught video of some of that flooding on Twitter.

Remember to stay safe during heavy rain and do not drive through floodwaters, as only 6 inches of water can reach the bottom of most passenger cars and stall your car. More tips here at this link.

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