Flooding closes busy stretch of road in Commerce City

COMMERCE CITY - Recent rain caused excess water to run over the roadway in the 13800 block of East 96th Avenue in Commerce City Tuesday evening.

The source of the water is from the detention pond on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, which has overflowed with the recent rain storms.

The roadway has been shut down between Potomac Street and Peoria Street. Peoria Street has also been shut down between E. 96th Avenue and E. 104th Avenue.

"Even though we might not be getting any rain in this area we'll get flooded here on 96th Avenue," Commerce City Emergency Manager Kirk Dominic said.

Just a couple of hours after the road was reopened the rain began to fall again, hinting at another possible closure Wednesday evening and into the morning commute Thursday morning.

The road remains closed until all of the water is evaporated from the road. One obvious hazard is high water levels causing cars to get stuck and wash away. But, there is another reason behind these types of road closures.

"People will veer over to another lane to bypass the puddle," Dominic said.

Commerce City officials will continue to evaluate road conditions through the evening and will close down 96thAvenue if it begins to flood.

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