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Rescuers can't reach people stranded by Colorado flooding
CNN ^ | 9/12/13 | Michael Pearson and Ana Cabrera,

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 ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: boulder; coloradoflood; coloradoflooding; flashflood; flood; flooding; lyons
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"Lyons, a small town of 2,000 near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, was cut off by what city officials described as a 500-year flood. They took to Facebook to urge residents to prepare for up to three days on their own."

Three days? Where is FEMA??? Where is the National Guard?? Where is Obama the anointed one??? Can't he stop the rain and the floods??
1 posted on 09/12/2013 12:42:56 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

Red county in a purple state?


2 posted on 09/12/2013 12:45:21 PM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Kartographer

It still is all Bush’s fault


3 posted on 09/12/2013 12:46:25 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Kartographer

It sucks, but three days is OK if you have water. There’s plenty of water....


4 posted on 09/12/2013 12:46:43 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Kartographer

Okay... send in the 160th SOAR and Coast Guard.


5 posted on 09/12/2013 12:47:36 PM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: Kartographer
I've never seen anything like it here. It's not thunderstorms, just steady, driving rain.

I'm sure the cool and rainy weather somehow proves global warming, though.

6 posted on 09/12/2013 12:48:23 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Kartographer

Everything considered, the people there are probably hoping they remain isolated.


7 posted on 09/12/2013 12:50:06 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Kartographer

More than half a foot of rain is a 500 year flood?


8 posted on 09/12/2013 12:50:22 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: colorado tanker

What good is it having a Great Basin if you never fill it?


9 posted on 09/12/2013 12:50:40 PM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: colorado tanker
I'm sure the cool and rainy weather somehow proves global warming, though.

They are creating the stats to prove it as we type.......

10 posted on 09/12/2013 12:51:11 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: colorado tanker

Are you in the affected area? My best wishes are with you to stay safe.


11 posted on 09/12/2013 12:51:23 PM PDT by grania
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To: colorado tanker

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.


12 posted on 09/12/2013 12:51:25 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: Kartographer

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.


13 posted on 09/12/2013 12:52:03 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Kartographer

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.


14 posted on 09/12/2013 12:53:05 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: null and void

:-))


15 posted on 09/12/2013 12:53:40 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: grania

No, I’m in the city and on higher ground, fortunately. Thanks for the thoughts.


16 posted on 09/12/2013 12:54:30 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

The electorate, in 2012, delivered God a great big middle finger.
These things are bound to be the result.


17 posted on 09/12/2013 12:55:30 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SpinnerWebb

We’re just not used to handling this much rain. Plus, the burn scars of the wildfires of recent years can’t absorb anything.


18 posted on 09/12/2013 12:55:31 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker; null and void

There many be an opportunity here, maybe I should look into buying up potential beach front property in Colorado? ;-)


19 posted on 09/12/2013 12:56:22 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: MrB

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.


20 posted on 09/12/2013 12:57:52 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: caver

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.


21 posted on 09/12/2013 12:57:57 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kartographer
Rescuers can't reach people stranded by Colorado flooding...

They should be able to just alt+backspace out of the problem.

22 posted on 09/12/2013 12:58:29 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: caver

The Paiutes must have been keeping really good records.


23 posted on 09/12/2013 12:59:07 PM PDT by Corey Ohlis (Visualize Swirled Peas)
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To: caver

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.


24 posted on 09/12/2013 1:02:18 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Steely Tom

No worries! Professional Help is on its way from Nawlins!
25 posted on 09/12/2013 1:03:09 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Noah, it’s the Lord . . .


26 posted on 09/12/2013 1:03:25 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Kartographer

I think we have something called boats...


27 posted on 09/12/2013 1:04:53 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Pearls Before Swine

It isn’t clean water.


28 posted on 09/12/2013 1:05:04 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: colorado tanker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bputeFGXEjA


29 posted on 09/12/2013 1:05:33 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: colorado tanker

We are in S NM you have a few more days of rain coming your way.


30 posted on 09/12/2013 1:06:09 PM PDT by tiki (60)
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To: caver

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.


31 posted on 09/12/2013 1:06:17 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: caver

“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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0h3geNskZ4


32 posted on 09/12/2013 1:07:20 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: PghBaldy
It isn’t clean water.

Clean water is pouring out of the gutter pipes of every house, and will be for a couple of days.

33 posted on 09/12/2013 1:08:23 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: colorado tanker

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.


34 posted on 09/12/2013 1:09:45 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: MrB

What will be next? An earthquake in Hollywood or San Fransicko would be appropriate.


35 posted on 09/12/2013 1:10:19 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: colorado tanker

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


36 posted on 09/12/2013 1:12:43 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: Kartographer

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.


37 posted on 09/12/2013 1:13:25 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: colorado tanker

Hospital just announced over loud speaker to all staff plan b in effect...not a drill. Not sure if related to weather or not.


38 posted on 09/12/2013 1:13:29 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

i saw that believe 225 and mississippi closed. i used to work at 225 and parker in the black darth vader bldgs


39 posted on 09/12/2013 1:15:47 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: caver

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...


40 posted on 09/12/2013 1:16:41 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: colorado tanker

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.

Stay safe.


41 posted on 09/12/2013 1:16:46 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: caver

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.


42 posted on 09/12/2013 1:17:10 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Kartographer

LOL! That’s exactly what I was thinking of!


43 posted on 09/12/2013 1:17:52 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: beaversmom

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


44 posted on 09/12/2013 1:18:51 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: colorado tanker

Figured you could use the laugh. Stay safe!


45 posted on 09/12/2013 1:19:44 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: taxcontrol

Thanks all for the info. I understand more now about the problem.


46 posted on 09/12/2013 1:22:08 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: beaversmom

That sounds bad. What is “plan b”??


47 posted on 09/12/2013 1:30:41 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: tiki

If you’re not in a flood zone, this weather makes for pleasant sleeping.


48 posted on 09/12/2013 1:31:31 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: taxcontrol

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


49 posted on 09/12/2013 1:31:49 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: caver

It is when your total rainfall for the year is only double that....


50 posted on 09/12/2013 1:35:44 PM PDT by Mom MD
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