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Colorado Weather: Denver and Adams counties under flood warning, Denver metro sees flooding on roads and low areas

May 01, 2023

Updated at 7:07 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2023.

There is currently flooding on roads and low-lying areas — including basement apartments — around the Denver metro.

Motorists should avoid unnecessary travel and should not attempt to cross flooded roads. The state's Department of Transportation's road conditions map shows heavy traffic on interstates 70 and 25.

Flash Flood Warnings are in place for parts of Cheyenne, Kit Carson and Yuma counties. Several counties along the Kansas border continue to be on Tornado Watch, including Cheyenne, Kiowa, Kit Carson and Yuma.

Denver is experiencing moderate flooding in various areas throughout the city. It's important to stay out of storm drains, canals, and out of high water. Don't try to navigate high waters with your vehicle. #TurnAroundDontDrown #DenverFlooding

Much of the Denver-metro area and northern Front Range are under a Flood Watch – including Boulder, Greeley, and Fort Collins.

Flood warnings are in place for Denver and Adams counties, specifically along the lower part of Sand Creek. Officials have closed several impassible roads in Adams County. A flood advisory is in place for Cherry Creek and Plum Creek in Douglas County.

𝗨𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁: ð—"𝗱𝗮𝗺𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆 𝗘𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝗖𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 - Due to severe weather and rain, several roadways in Adams County are closed to the public. See the first image below for a full listing of road closures.

In Denver, Cherry Creek is also flooding over its banks. The bike lane was underwater for much of Thursday afternoon and water affected some traffic lanes on Speer Boulevard. According to the Denver Office of Emergency Management, various portions of the city are seeing low to moderate flooding.

Flood watches are also in place for Fort Collins and Boulder. And the National Weather Service says there's a good chance more hail will hit areas east of I-25. Strong winds over 60 miles per hour are also possible.

In Teller and Park counties, more than 8,000 people were without power.

There's less of a chance of tornadoes today. But with constant rain in the forecast for the next 24 hours, flooding is the major concern.

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Updated at 7:07 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2023.