Heavy Rain Catches Residents Off Guard

DENVER (AP) -- Denver firefighters say they are responding to calls of near drownings, a lightning strike on a house, parties stuck under bridges, and flooded basements as heavy rain falls.

The National Weather Service says up to 1.4 inches of rain fell within about 40 minutes Friday night on parts of southeast Denver and southwest Aurora. It issued a flash flood warning for western Arapahoe County, southern Denver and also west central Morgan County.

Denver Fire Department shift commander Joe Hart says six parties have been reported trapped by water near 6th Avenue and Broadway southwest of downtown. It was not clear whether anyone was injured.

The storm caused a rain delay during the Colorado Rockies-San Diego Padres baseball game.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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