Woman missing during Saturday flooding found dead in ditch

Firefighters search for the victim Sunday, July 21, 2019. (Photo: West Metro Fire)
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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KKTV) - The body of a woman swept away by floodwaters Saturday night was recovered Sunday in a Lakewood ditch.

West Metro firefighters were called to the area of 12th and Miller Saturday night after the woman was seen in the water. At times, crews were wading through chest-high water looking for the victim.

The search resumed around 9 Sunday morning. A body was located shortly after 10 a.m.

Recovery efforts were completed just before noon. The fire department said the woman was found in an area that had been 10 feet underwater Saturday night.

The victim has not been identified, and details on how she ended up in the water have not been released. Firefighters say even a couple of feet can be deadly during flash flooding, which parts of the Front Range experienced Saturday night.

"It’s hard to tell really how fast it’s moving and how powerful it is until you actually step into it but even two or three feet deep it can grab you and pull you under and then you are gone,” West Metro Fire Rescue spokeswoman Ronda Scholting told sister station KCNC.