2013 Flooding — Then and Now

The September 2013 floods had our team deploy to multiple locations.  One of the tasks we performed was a flood survey for Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space.  A lot of the open space in Aurora doubles as drainage retention areas during bad weather.  Utah Park in western Aurora is one such location and even though it was recently redesigned to hold more runoff, it strained under the massive inflow of water.

We performed a survey in the western part of the city on September 12.  Many places were flooded.  Portions of Havana, Alameda and Peoria were under water.  Many lakes overflowed, including Jewell and Expo.  But the greatest amount of damage was in Utah Park.

The following pictures show the flood (September 12) and what the park normally looks like (September 21, after the water level came down to normal levels).

Utah Park Flooding

Utah Park, with the picnic shelter in the background. Photos by M Khaytsus.

Utah Park Flooding

The Utah Park playground is completely submerged in the flood waters. Photos by M Khaytsus.

Utah Park Flooding

Utah Park ball fields double as a lake for a flock of geese. Photos by M Khaytsus.

Utah Park Flooding

A kayaker takes to the Utah Park flood plain near the picnic shelter. Photos by M Khaytsus.

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