GLENDALE, Colo. (CBS4) – The recent storms have left behind damage in the Denver metro area.
Heavy rains flooded streets in Denver. Saturday night an SUV was nearly submerged in water near 38th Avenue and Fox Street. Strong winds also knocked down trees in Denver. Two cars were damaged when the tree came down near 34th Avenue and Mead Street.
An apartment building manager in Glendale told CBS4’s Howard Nathan she thought her building was hit by a tornado. It wasn’t, according to CBS4 meteorologist Dave Aguilera. Instead, her building was hit by a gust of wind that was so severe it blew the roof off her building.
Several apartments were impacted by straight-line winds reaching up to 40 miles per hour.
“And then all of a sudden I heard this huge roar,” building manager Anita Kreutzer said.
Six windows were blown out.
“I was looking out my bedroom window and I saw our roof hit that car,” Kreutzer said.
With no roof, rainwater poured in.
“It was like a faucet being turned on, and just flowing down,” Kreutzer said.
Kreutzer said she spent hours with others fighting an invasion of water.
“It let up a little bit … but it kept dripping. We had to empty the buckets about every hour and they were large tubs,” she said.
One elderly resident was evacuated by her son to Boulder.
“The water damage was horrible. It flooded two apartments, totally. We couldn’t even sweep up the water fast enough. And then it seeped down into the second floor,” Kreutzer said.