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Flooding In Aurora’s Utah Park Called Unprecedented

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Utah Park (credit: CBS)

Utah Park (credit: CBS)

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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Heavy rain caused major flooding at Utah Park in Aurora on Monday.

“I couldn’t believe it. I drove up and I was like, ‘What?’ ” resident Deborah Jones said

Monsoon rains turned Utah Park into a lake, submerging the parking lot and leaving an SUV stranded up to its wheel wells.

“I walk in this park all the time. I’ve never seen this before. I’m just glad it’s not my car out there,” Jones said.

Justin Buse brought his sons to check out the temporary attraction.

“I’ve never seen a car in the water,” young Willie Buse said.

“It just shows how quickly the water can rise,” Justin Buse said.

The heaviest monsoon season in years has caused flooding and mudslides from Maniotou Springs to Poudre Canyon, temporarily squelching the fire danger. Jones says the rain is a mixed blessing.

“It’s been really dry with all the fires and all that so the rain will definitely help that, but this is just amazing,” Jones said.

Utah Park is designed to flood when heavy rains hit. A sign at the park sends a warning to park goers, but as ducks cruised 5 feet over the parking lot, Jones looked at the sign and offered a suggestion.

“They should take the ‘may’ out and say parking lot ‘will’ flood,” Jones said.

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