Skip to comments.Colorado Flash Flooding Prompts Evacuations, Kills 1
Posted on 09/12/2013 3:25:37 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Days of heavy rains caused flash flooding in Colorado's Boulder County early Thursday that has closed streets, prompted evacuations, and left one person dead.
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CU Boulder, Boulder schools closed, St. Vrain Valley Schools closed.
Yeah, I work right on the St. Vrain, and I didn’t think it was that bad yesterday. Walked out of work commenting that I might get a bit wet on walk to car, but it wasn’t bad. But, as I got near home, emergency alerts started for flooding in Erie, that 2.5 inches had fallen in a matter of minutes; just south of me. And they were starting to report 6” of rain in the mtns west of us.
Thank you for posting that link. Strangely enough, the tragedy does not have its own Wikipedia page...
Local rainfall at my weather station is showing 0.5 - 1.0 inch per hour with some variations since 2200h last night.
Hope you can see local weather station HERE
I am 2 exits north of 119 and I-25. We have had 2” since midnight. On high land here, but to get anywhere we would have to go through very low spots.
Been listening to that. Left Hand Canyon is a mess. Debris dams keep collapsing and sending walls of water out.
I pray for the people in the area.
More clarity around activity in Left Hand Canyon, firefighter was caught in flood, was able to get out of vehicle and climb tree before vehicle was swept away. Saw a 15’ wall of water, but narrow area of canyon, they think the wall widened and is not as deep as it exits canyon. saw another wall of water. And has now reported the tree he is in may be falling.
LIVE TV News in Boulder http://www.9news.com/
Wow. Prayers up for everybody there.
Nothing like getting a quarter of our annual rain in 3 days.
Longmont flooding along the St. Vrain.
It is amazing to live here. But, we have had quite a bit of moisture this summer; the ground isn’t that dry, so that is probably making this a bit worse.
The Rockies, which are naturally rather dry, have been getting very wet the last couple of weeks. The terrain makes this volume of water a real risk.
Plus, people have been building fancy homes in those pretty places next to ‘dry’ river beds. Ooops.
I am amazed at some of the places people put houses. Between flooding and forest fire these places are destined for disaster.
Daybreak. Video is breathtaking.
Any update on him?
I live downtown, 6.6” last night and it just started again. The grounds been saturated since yesterday.
I’ve had standing water in my yard since noon yesterday, sump pumps running full time, pumping it out so it can flow back in. Got a bucket on the kitchen floor, not sure where the leak is.
Cat’s been on the front porch, and the dog isn’t happy about his ‘drop zone’ being flooded.
We’ll see if I can make it up the Diag to Longmont for work.
I have a covered walkway out the front; taking dogs that way periodically. Front and back lawns under inches of water. And for the chihuahuas I have my stash of pee pads.
Have not heard an update. Am hearing more water coming down St. Vrain.
More rain coming from the South-SouthEast...
Have decided that risking crossing the St. Vrain to get to work is not an acceptable risk today.
This would be a blast if it were a snow storm, feet and feet of snow.
Have leftists tried to blame this on the recall yet?
Back in the 90’s I lived on the St. Vrain about 5 miles out of Lyons going toward Estes Park. I was about 40’ above the water line but distinctly remember Memorial Day of ‘95 when the houses across the river from me started loading in their cars just as the water peaked.
Probably never a good idea to build on the flood plain of a narrow canyon.
Today I’m at 9494’ feet in the Southern Rockies and no so concerned about flooding.
Get some CU Boulder students up there to put their fingers in any holes that open up
No, but liberal Boulder County Sheriff doing a press conference, he is in complete shock. Every drainage area in the county is flooding. They can’t find ways around to get to those in danger. Lyons has lost water and sewer, people are up the mountains, but no way to get rescue into them. US 36 has washed out in the canyon above Lyons, that is still heading into Longmont.
According to my weather station, we have received 5 inches of rain since midnight...if it were cold enough we’d have 3-4 feet of snow...depending on how cold it was...DREAMING of SNOW!!
Oh, also described the debris dams that are holding back water walls of water 6-8’ deep.
My parents were living in Loveland in the mid 70s when the Big Thompson flood killed 144 people.
I had a buddy who almost died in that flood. He was coming down for our wedding rehearsal and dinner.
Governor making a disaster declaration. work started sending home non-essential staff.
Surge of water coming down Fourmile Creek in Boulder, alert in Longmont, if you are along the Left Hand Creek, move to higher ground now.
I’ve got 3” of water in my cellar, only thing down there is my water heater and furnace. They’re both flooded.
The one pump wasn’t keeping up, I waded through till I found the spare pump and got it going. There’s no place too pump it, not enough hose to get it out to the street, so I’m pumping into the yard so it can flow back in.
There’s not a pump for sale anywhere in Boulder County.
The flood sirens have been on for a couple of hours, they say the creek has peaked. I’m in the Goose Creek FP, it’s working .
My house was built in 1924, first floor is 3” above grade, doesn’t help the root cellar.
#boulderflood on twitter
Scanner chatter that rescuers have made contact with 5 survivors along Longmont Dam Road.
Twitter post: Firefighter rescued.
Twitter post of a landslide in Boulder Canyon.
Scanner: Meadow Dam is breaking, expect a lot of water (this will be the St. Vrain).
Good news & bad. Thank you. I’ve been through there twice. I remember seeing a documentary of the flooding catastrophes that have, and still could, happen there. Prayers for all.
Some great pictures and the latest updates...at that link.
Gosh, thanks GRRRRR!
My brother and I drove around this morning.
Lots of ponding on roads and fields with minor flooding on the outlying roads.
The closer to Longmont it gets worse. I-25 and 119 at exit 240 has flooding westbound 119. Local access roads in low areas have some standing water but one lane open.
Not raining now, might have some light drizzle later in PM.
Many areas in S. Longmont are totally flooded out. We drove down to Erie and back and saw lots of fast waters.
I think all of this watershed eventually goes into the South Platte, then joins up with the Missouri and into the Mississippippi. Maybe, I guess.
Amazing low clouds are still hiding Long’s Peak and on west bound Cty 3 the vista of Boulder was right in front of us.
Thanks for the info, GRRRRR. I’m sure you know where to drive, and where not to, in those dangerous areas. I think I would be anxious driving around through those areas, but all I know of nature’s ravages are hurricanes. If you are correct, and I believe you are, the waters eventually come right on down our way through the Mississippi to the Gulf, and I might splash through water on the shore, which once flowed down the Rocky Mountains. Amazing!
Recently, I read one of the many travel journals of 19th century explorer, Isabella L. Bird, “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains”. She was a middle-aged, English spinster who traveled alone by horseback wearing wool culottes under her wrap-around skirt. She was on her way back to England after exploring the Sandwich Islands, when she decided to venture into the Rockies during the fall and early winter of 1873. She climbed Long’s Peak, lived in a cabin, fell for a mountain man, and wrote about the real West. I think she was still traveling the world well into her 80’s.
She was a good, straightforward writer too. Here are the last lines of her Rocky Mountain adventure... “Mr. Fodder rattled so amusingly as we drove away that I never realized that my Rocky Mountain life was at an end, not even when I saw “Mountain Jim,” with his golden hair yellow in the sunshine, slowly leading the beautiful mare over the snowy Plains back to Estes Park, equipped with the saddle on which I had ridden 800 miles!
“A drive of several hours over the Plains brought us to Greeley, and a few hours later, in the far blue distance, the Rocky Mountains, and all that they enclose, went down below the prairie sea.”
I wonder what Isabella Bird would think of the drive up to Estes Park today? The beauty of the mountains and the sudden view of Boulder and the Plains are among the most breathtaking landscapes I’ve ever seen. When my brother, mother and I were heading for home, and I looked back, as Isabella did, at those glorious mountains, I felt like it was the last time I would ever see them. That was in 1999. I hope everyone will be okay.