Denver weather: Flood Warning extended until past midnight. More rain expected overnight

No road closures have been reported as of 4 p.m., but motorists should proceed with caution. Cherry Creek Trail is unusable along Speer Boulevard.
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A rainy day over a westside commute. May 10, 2023.
Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite

Update 6:57 p.m. on May 11, 2023.

A Flood warning for Denver and Adams Counties was extended until well past midnight. A Flood Advisory is out for Cherry Creek and Plum Creeks. And much of the metro area continues under a Flood Watch.

More rain is expected overnight and into Friday morning.

Cherry Creek jumped its banks and inundated much of the bike path Thursday afternoon.
Sarah Bures/CPR

Continuous rainfall is causing flooding and traffic jams across the city. Colorado Department of Transportation's road conditions map shows heavy traffic on Interstates 70, 25 and 225.

According to the Denver Office of Emergency Management, various portions of the city are seeing low to moderate flooding.

No road closures have been reported as of the late afternoon, but motorists should proceed with caution.

Specifically, OEM said "major flooding" is happening where Cherry Creek Trail meets Steele Street. The office said it reached out to 911 dispatch to be on alert for calls about the area.

Traffic is also heavy on Speer Boulevard and rising water levels at the adjacent Cherry Creek Trail have left it unusable, as seen in video from 9 News and other reports on social media:

Some roads to avoid include 6th Avenue from Quebec Street to Niagara Street and from Locust Street to Ivanhoe Street.

Also, avoid Federal Boulevard to Alameda.

OEM added that there three areas are at "bankfull levels," which means any additional rainfall could cause flooding. Those areas are Cherry Creek at Champa Street, Goldsmith Gulch at Iliff Avenue and Lakewood Gulch at 10th Avenue.

OEM said that as of now, there do not appear to be any hazardous conditions, but that is subject to change as the rainfall continues and as more reports from across the city pour in.

Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas. Pools of water may be deeper than they appear.

The heavy rains have also caused damage at Cherry Creek State Park, and several closures have been put in place around the park.

Ultimately, stay home if you can.

This is a developing situation and will be updated.

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