Cherry Creek Trail flooding might disrupt your commute today and Wednesday

Parts of the trail could be flooded Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning.

A mural of Major Taylor by Jonathan Pucci on the Cherry Creek Trail by Market Street. July 29, 2020.

A mural of Major Taylor by Jonathan Pucci on the Cherry Creek Trail by Market Street. July 29, 2020.

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Parts of Cherry Creek Trail may be closed in places due to flooding starting tonight and Wednesday morning.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting Cherry Creek Dam’s annual sediment flush today. That’ll send higher than normal flows of water from the reservoir in the direction of downtown Denver.

The released water will likely reach the Champa Street Bridge sometime Tuesday evening, according a press release the corps sent out last week.

Parks and rec officials advise taking an alternate route if you use the trail to commute.

“In the interest of public safety, we urge the public not to attempt to cross Cherry Creek during these high flows and we want the public to know that these higher water levels could temporarily flood bike paths and stream crossings below the dam,” a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said in the statement.

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