Mother Nature wreaked havoc in multiple locations around the Denver metro during heavy storms last week.
Cherry Creek State Park received six inches of rain over a three-day period, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), and the reservoir has risen 10 feet since Wednesday.
“I need a safe place to walk and train and this is a good place,” Denver resident Pam Jones said.
Jones is training to hike the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trail that crosses Spain, in August. She uses the trails at Cherry Creek State Park to prepare.
“It’s a busy park,” Jones said.
With summer fast approaching, Jones hopes that a section of East Lake View Road will soon be repaired.
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The road suffered significant damage during the record rainfall. The water dug two large sinkholes, distorting and breaking the road.
“It’s what we call a century-old event, and when we have it, things just can’t stand this kind of force that Mother Nature is putting on us,” said Cherry State Park superintendent Jason Trujillo. Creek.
CPW hasn’t seen such severe damage since the early 1980s, according to Trujillo. In fact, the damaged road was just redone a few months ago.
“This road has been around for a long time. Minor fixes were made, but never to this extent,” Trujillo said.
He says the repairs could probably take months.
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While Cherry Creek has had the worst, CPW says Castlewood Canyon is dealing with its own mess.
“They have trails that are still closed and walkways that are impassable at this time,” said Kara Van Hoose, spokeswoman for CPW’s northeast region. “They’re still assessing how they look because the water level hasn’t gone down from the park.”
Until things are cleaned up and reopened, CPW is asking people to keep their distance.
“We have things closed for their protection, and so we can make sure that we assess the safety of all parks,” Trujillo said.
CPW says the east and west boat ramps are also closed due to flooding. As for what’s next, the agency says it will connect with experts to determine how to fix the road.
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