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Flood damage hits Denver hard, damaging homes

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DENVER — Plenty of spots across the city hit hard by flooding after Wednesday’s storms.

The University of Denver’s Ritchie Center back open tonight after flooding, while the Magness Arena and Hamilton Gymnasium remain closed on account of flood damage. FOX31 Denver’s Jon Bowman takes a closer look at the damage.

Wednesday evening, water was flowing furiously almost all over Denver.

“Somebody, I don’t know if it was the City or Denver Water, they put the plugs in all these storm drains and it all washed just right down into the hole,” said Dale Horton, a builder.

Morning crews couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

“I dug a 10 foot hole and it filled up 8 feet deep,” said Horton.

Who knew a swimming pool was coming into the neighborhood?

“We’re trying to pump it all out; I just sent two of my guys to get two more pumps,” said Horton.

Because just the one pump was only draining 6 inches per hour.

As the EF1 tornado headed southeast, neighbors took these images as it landed on a new apartment building on 8th and Jersey.

“It touched down on top of the building, sucked the whole roof off, put it up in the air a couple hundred feet,” said Chuck Kiethley, who saw the tornado.

It sent debris from the project all over Mayfair, leaving crews cleaning up before getting to work.

Eric Poch wound up carrying his bike home in waist-deep water last night, which was also Bike to Work Day. When he got home, this is what he described.

“I just heard a waterfall running… windows started with a little leak,” said Poch.

Then  his wife, who was inside, said the water forced its way in.

“The whole window just blew right out. The water just kept filling up,” said Poch.

Up to his chest in water, Eric went into rescue mode, pulling boxes of pictures, now drying on the floor.

“We had some things in bins, things in plastic that were floating so I got some of that stuff out,” said Poch. “This is my 1980s baseball cards that I’ve had since I was a kid that is obviously trashed now.”

He shows where the water came up.

“I haven’t measured it yet but that’s at least 5 feet tall,” said Poch.

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