AURORA - Rushing rain water washed out a section of Peoria Street in Aurora Thursday, forcing the closure of the road between Florida and Jewell.
Police and public works crews on the scene say Utah Park, which serves as a storm water retention basin, overflowed. A river or debris rushed down Peoria Street and into the surrounding neighborhoods for several hours. The raging water undercut the asphalt on Peoria Street and sections of the road collapsed. City workers say they will do a full assessment Friday morning.
City workers also estimated the equivalent of 30 truckloads of sand and debris was deposited on the roadway, north of the collapsed area. Neighbors say several homes in the area were flooded. The raging waters also knocked down a streetlight, destroyed sidewalks and buckled fences.
Aurora city officials indicated the intersection of Havana and Alameda and the southbound I-225 onramp from westbound I-70 also remained closed as of 10 p.m. Thursday.
Both Cherry Creek and Aurora school districts said they would close schools of Friday to discourage people from driving on flooded and damaged streets.
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