Denver Residents Still Cleaning Up After Flood

Severe Storms Cause Major Damage In Mayfair Neighborhood

Dealing with floods during severe weather season isn't anything new for the Mayfair neighborhood at East 14th Avenue and Jasmine Street. But what's new this time is the amount of damage the flood left behind.

"In about an hour we got waist deep water," said Kate McNellis, a Mayfair resident. "It just pours into the crawl space."

About 4 feet of water poured into McNellis' crawl space. That was enough to damage her water heater.

"I wish I didn't have to pay for it again, but here we are," said McNellis.

Just two years ago, McNellis had to replace another water heater because of flood damage. Still, McNellis feels lucky, even after shelling out about $1,500 for her repairs.

"I just couldn't believe my eyes," said Randy Riggin, a neighbor across the street.

The flood waters created a river on the neighborhood street, that flowed right into his backyard and down to his basement.

"It was like a giant sink drain and everything was pouring down into it," said Riggin.

There was so much water that every room his Riggin's 950-square-foot basement had damage.

"I knew everything was being destroyed in a matter of seconds," said Riggin. "Thirty years of personal items that can't be replaced."

Riggin said he lost about $15,000 in personal items, but it would likely cost about $40,000 to rebuild his basement.

"Everything's gone. There's very little we're able to salvage. This whole basement needs to be gutted," said Riggin.

While neighbors were trying to save what they could, restoration and plumbing companies alike were keeping busy.

"Once the water and mud get around where the igniter is, the water heater is gone," said Victor Garcia, with V & G Plumbing.

Garcia said they try to work with customers because he knows that repairs or replacements can be pricey. He also admitted that the job itself after a massive flood has its challenges.

"It probably took us three hours to get the water heater out of the crawl space because it was so muddy, so slippery (that there was) no leverage," said Garcia.

Many neighbors blamed the city for poor storm drains. They said only two small drains on their streets were not enough to handle all the water from severe rain storms.

7News tried to contact the city on Saturday, but our calls were not immediately returned.

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