Heavy rain caused Cherry Creek to swell over its banks near CU Denver on Thursday.

By University Communications

DENVER and AURORA, Colo. – Heavy rains swamped the metropolitan area today, causing an electrical outage in Building 500 on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

An electrical failure, possibly related to the storm, forced the closure of CU Denver/Dravo Building for several hours, starting about noon. As soon as the outage occurred, CU Facilities and Xcel actively investigated the issue, and all parkers in the garage were alerted to move their vehicles from the garage. Power was restored about 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, also around noon, the weather played havoc with the electrical system in Building 500. While back-up generators kicked on, some areas lost power. Critical areas such as Information Technology and patient records had emergency power. Work to fix the problem continues.

Throughout the day, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus updates were posted via the web (www.ucdenver.edu/alert), email and phone 877-463-6070. The university intercampus shuttle bus service between the Anschutz Medical Campus, the VA, National Jewish and CU Denver’s Lawrence Street Center stopped service a couple hours early.

Heavy rains fell across the Front Range overnight, closing the CU-Boulder campus, washing out roads and overflowing a dozen dams in Boulder County.

The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for continuing rain fall and flood warnings for a significant portions of metro Denver. The downtown Denver area is not experiencing flooding as of late Thursday afternoon. The Auraria campus is accessible and open for evening classes – including the CU Denver/Dravo Building at 1250 14th St.

We suggest that each individual be aware of the current weather situation and make travel decisions that are in their best interest and safety, especially those traveling to and from the eastern and southern areas being affected by this storm.

The National Weather Service is predicting additional rain to increase in the metro area around 6 p.m. this evening. The rain fall is centering on the eastern portion of metro Denver, although a flood warning exists for the entire metro area.

It is strongly suggested that you take a moment to check the weather, flooding and road conditions for your path of travel and destination and take into consideration your driving ability and the condition of your vehicle. www.cotrip.org

Please use caution in your travels. The flooding of streets is expected in low-lying areas and never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the road.

As updates are available information will be posted to www.ucdenver.edu/alert.

(Photo: Heavy rains caused Cherry Creek to swell over its banks near CU Denver on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Beall, Auraria Library.)

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