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29 people rescued as heavy rain causes street flooding in Denver

The Denver Fire Department said crews rescued people from vehicles on Interstate 70 and at other locations as streets flooded from torrential rainfall.

DENVER — Crews rescued a total of 29 people from their vehicles as heavy rain flooded streets across the Denver area Sunday evening.

Denver Fire Department (DFD) said crews rescued 11 people from their vehicles in the area of Interstate 70 and York Street. Of the 11 rescued, 3 were children, according to DFD.

At 38th and Blake streets, crews rescued eight people from a minivan that was immobilized in the underpass. The fire department said everyone who was rescued was doing OK.

Firefighters were captured on video rescuing children – including a baby – from a car stuck in floodwaters at 38th and Blake.

Felix Espinoza, who took the video, said he spoke to a woman who was in that car.

"The lady said she just was getting dinner, coming back from getting dinner. Little Caesar's or something –  they rescued the pizza, no worries," he said. "It was just a family of people. It was a lot of kids and a mother, as well."

>From the archives: The video below is from Sept. 13, 2002, when a storm flooded a section of I-25.

The Denver Police Department said just after 8 p.m. that Interstate 70 was closed in both directions between York and Steele streets due to the flooding. The interstate has since reopened.

At Colorado Boulevard and 23rd Avenue, water pooled up to car bumpers. One person was assisted by firefighters, and multiple others were able to get out on their own, according to DFD.

At 14th Avenue and Krameria Street, DFD assisted six people.

At 46th Avenue and Washington Street, fire crews assisted three people.

DFD said that there were no injuries reported at any of those locations.

Most of the Front Range and southern Colorado were under a Flood Watch until midnight.

RELATED: Flood Watch in effect for metro Denver; 1-3 inches of rain possible

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