Flooding Rips Up Basketball Court in Colorado
According to CBS 4 in Denver, a basketball court at the University of Denver’s Ritchie Center appeared to entirely fold under the strain of flood water.
A University of Denver spokesman said the damaged court was part of the volleyball and gymnastics facility at the Ritchie Center.
The court will need to be replaced, although the length of time it will take to replace was unclear.
Storms in the Denver metro area dumped over two inches of rain in less than half an hour last Wednesday. To put that into context, while June is one of the city’s rainiest months of the year, it only averages 1.98″ of rain through the month, meaning that more than 30 days’ worth of rainfall fell in about 25 minutes. That led to substantial flooding throughout the city last week, and the unusual discovery at the University of Denver shortly afterwards.
The Denver-area forecast brings a chance for hit-or-miss afternoon showers and thunderstorms over the next few days, with the strongest possibility likely on Wednesday. However, no epic bursts of rain similar to last week’s appear to be on the horizon – but the Mile High City’s famously crazy and often unpredictable weather often has a mind of its own.
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Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: @NickKosmider