Skip to comments.Rescuers can't reach people stranded by Colorado flooding
Posted on 09/12/2013 12:42:56 PM PDT by Kartographer
An entire community cut off, firefighters huddled on the side of a mountain after water swept their truck away, and -- with rescue helicopters grounded -- no way to reach them.
This is the scene facing authorities Thursday in Boulder County, Colorado, in the wake of what Sheriff Joe Pelle called a "devastating storm" that dumped more than half a foot of rain on the region during a 19-hour period.
The widespread flash flooding washed out roads, pushed dams to their limits and beyond and killed at least three people along Colorado's Rocky Mountain range, from Boulder south to Colorado Springs.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
Red county in a purple state?
It still is all Bush’s fault
It sucks, but three days is OK if you have water. There’s plenty of water....
Okay... send in the 160th SOAR and Coast Guard.
I'm sure the cool and rainy weather somehow proves global warming, though.
Everything considered, the people there are probably hoping they remain isolated.
More than half a foot of rain is a 500 year flood?
What good is it having a Great Basin if you never fill it?
They are creating the stats to prove it as we type.......
Are you in the affected area? My best wishes are with you to stay safe.
I saw 33 inches in 24 hours in 2001. 6 inches in 19 hours doesn’t sound so bad.
I guess it depends on the drainage.
You’ve got, um, some water around you, and maybe you should conserve your food, but certainly make sure you’re spending your time on facebook, as that’s our chosen method of communication with people cut off from all civilization...
Yep, you can’t make this stuff up anymore. Real life is just that far beyond the horizon now.
I was just stranded a few miles out of Needles on my way to Vegas by flash floods in front and immediately behind me. Luckily I had rented a 4 wheel drive Suburban and as the water ebbed slightly I was able to make it through the wall of water and a surprising wall of mud. It scared my girlfriend so badly she refused to drive home and took a plane back to San Diego.
No, I’m in the city and on higher ground, fortunately. Thanks for the thoughts.
The electorate, in 2012, delivered God a great big middle finger.
These things are bound to be the result.
We’re just not used to handling this much rain. Plus, the burn scars of the wildfires of recent years can’t absorb anything.
There many be an opportunity here, maybe I should look into buying up potential beach front property in Colorado? ;-)
I was convinced the American people would not re-elect this putz, just like they fired Jimmuh. Now we have three more years of this. I suppose the Republic has survived worse.
There was a bigger flood in 1975 so it is hardly a 50 year flood. They are ignoring the rural districts that are hit just as bad or worse. The Flooding extends all the way to Wyoming. The Big Thompson river washed out highway 34 again. Estes Park has all roads going into it closed.
They should be able to just alt+backspace out of the problem.
The Paiutes must have been keeping really good records.
I think that’s close to the normal annual rainfall for the area. So, yes, it’s a lot of rain in a short period of time and the ground is saturated.
Noah, it’s the Lord . . .
I think we have something called boats...
It isn’t clean water.
We are in S NM you have a few more days of rain coming your way.
We had this type of storm in Williamsburg c1988. You stay in the house...no problem. The roads were flooded. Anyone going out is stupid.
“More than half a foot of rain is a 500 year flood?”
It’s a western thing. The ground doesn’t suck up water in that quantity, especially if there’s been a wildfire. This is what a couple inches in the Albuquerque foothills does... that is a 20’ deep diversion channel.
Clean water is pouring out of the gutter pipes of every house, and will be for a couple of days.
It’s pretty bad here in Aurora. Someone I know posted footage of the Red Lobster near Havana off Alameda. Looked like a river. Watching from my hospital window all the traffic backed up on Colfax.
What will be next? An earthquake in Hollywood or San Fransicko would be appropriate.
flooding of biblical proportions. COANG fmtv tactical trucks preparing to move into lyons. rained early just west of littleton but isn’t raining here now. and we are on high ground too. creek water gets close to my house and it’s cubit time. ceiling too low for helos. and rain expected until friday
Most folks in Lyons are good solid country folk with the occasional hippy thrown in. At least a quarter of the population are prepared if not out right preppers. Three days wont be a big deal at all.
Hospital just announced over loud speaker to all staff plan b in effect...not a drill. Not sure if related to weather or not.
i saw that believe 225 and mississippi closed. i used to work at 225 and parker in the black darth vader bldgs
Desert ground is hard pan...can’t take more than a couple of tenths of rain at a time or the run off creates flooding conditions.
Very little is absorbed, the rest is channeled off or finds its own way.
Extremely dangerous, especially in low lying areas.
We have problems here when we get more than .25” in a monsoonal season thunderstorm...
Hope you and yours are OK.
Just a few miles south of the Big Thompson Canyon, where the tragic flood of 1976 resulted from 8 inches of rain in one hour and killed 143 people. Sounds like evacuations are underway there now, too.
Yes, remember it is the ROCKY mountains. Rock does not absorb much water. Most rain turns to run off after the first 30 min. It has been raining for 3 days now. Also, the recent wild fires have destroyed much of the forest and vegetation that would have absorbed some of the water.
Some places have tornado sirens, mountain towns have flash flood sirens. Believe me, if you hear one of those go off, you start climbing right away to high ground if you want to live. A 10 to 20 foot wall of water coming down the canyon at 30 to 40 mph can seriously ruin your day.
LOL! That’s exactly what I was thinking of!
not plan B? guess that means plan A is null and void. may mean no one leaves and don’t expect anyone arriving. 3 COANG trucks are now moving into lyons
Figured you could use the laugh. Stay safe!
Thanks all for the info. I understand more now about the problem.
That sounds bad. What is “plan b”??
If you’re not in a flood zone, this weather makes for pleasant sleeping.
they are saying there are 10’ walls of debris up the canyons and fear what happens when they give way. going to be a lot of damage. even “regular” neighborhoods in aurora have water washing up into driveways
It is when your total rainfall for the year is only double that....
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.