Flooding concerns rise after another soaking storm

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DENVER -- After another spring storm dumped heavy rain across the Denver metro area, officials are turning their concerns to swollen rivers and creeks.

At Confluence Park in downtown Denver, where Cherry Creek spills into the South Platte River, the water was flowing at a high rate Friday morning, washing over the bike paths and leaving behind debris.

At Chatfield Dam,  the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is expected to reduce the water flow, but the parking lot at Chatfield State Park was flooded.

Waterton Canyon remains closed because of the fast-moving South Platte River.

Douglas County was placed under a flash flood warning until 1 p.m. as heavy rain continued to fall on the already saturated area. Plum Creek near Castle Rock jumped above flood stage.

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In Aurora, water was flowing over the roads at East Sixth Avenue and South Picadily Road. A couple of drivers plowed through the water before officials closed the roads.

There was also more flooding on South Gun Club Road between East Alameda Avenue and East Exposition Avenue because of Murphy Creek rushing over, forcing the road to be closed.

Boulder Reservoir swim beach remained closed until at least 10 a.m. Friday because of elevated levels of bacteria believed to be caused by the increased rain runoff.

The closure could put a damper on Saturday's Ironman Half Triathlon, which is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday at the reservoir. Officials might be forced to cancel the swim portion of the race but a final decision has yet to be made.

Flash flood warning were also in effect for the Cache La Poudre and South Platte rivers.

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Some areas picked up more than 2 inches of rain from the latest storm. The rain is expected to wrap up before noon, with scattered showers expected in the afternoon, though they won't be nearly as heavy or widespread as the previous 24 hours. Highs will remain stuck in the 60s.

There will be sunshine and warmer temperatures for the weekend, with highs in the upper 70s. There will be a chance of showers during the afternoon, but they're not expected to be very widespread.

Drier and warmer weather are expected next week with temperatures surging into the mid-80s.

Some rainfall totals

Southeast Denver: 4 inches

Elizabeth: 3.94 inches

Castle Rock: 3.84 inches

Parker: 3.12 inches

Englewood: 2.84 inches

Cherry Hills Village: 2.81 inches

Greenwood Village: 2.76 inches

Aurora: 2.64 inches

Littleton: 2.17 inches

Centennial: 1.85 inches

Highlands Ranch: 1.43 inches

Edgewater: 1.38 inches

Denver: 1.26 inches

Cherry Creek: 1.22 inches

 

 

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