Skip to comments.Photos: Colorado Flood damage aerial views
Posted on 09/14/2013 5:01:50 PM PDT by george76
Aerial photos of the flood damage caused by heavy rains along Colorados Front Range.
A 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman was believed to be the fifth person killed in this weeks historic flooding as authorities scrambled Saturday to reach the 230 people listed as unaccounted for in northern Colorado.
Meanwhile, evacuation orders spread throughout the day to communities downstream as rivers continued to flow above flood stage.
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The flood water is moving into Morgan County, on the eastern plains.
More rain is likely Saturday night and Sunday ... here’s the latest on the flooding situation.
Wow! Haven’t really been following this...is this just some freak of Nature, some 200-year flood?
Or is it Globull Warming? Has Algore shown up to speak in CO this week? ;)
OMG! It’s like The Johnstown Flood!
In 1976 the Big Thompson had another flood similar to this one. These canyons are extremely narrow, with nowhere for the water to spread out.
Highway 72 is washed away numerous places to the eact of me starting and closed at an undercut at a culvert where the dirt is washed away under the pavement just to the west of me. There is one road out that I tried today and made it, but it took 1 1/2 hours just to get to Golden. I am hearing estimates that it may take months to fix. If there is more rain tonight, the heavily damaged road I took today in a 4WD SUV will not be passable. Many places had 1/4 of the road washed away already.
Amazing photos. Reminiscent of when TS Irene came through here and caused damage like that. Roads and rivers sharing a valley don’t play nicely together.
Ah, my typing and editing are affected by my 10 month old collie biting my hands as I type.
The floods began Wednesday. Floodwaters have affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile area, almost the size of Connecticut.
More pictures, too.
Blown away! We had flooding to the west of us along the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers this spring...but luckily NOTHING moves THAT fast in Wisconsin. ;)
These 200 year floods seem to occur about every ten years.
Is this event comparable to the Iowa floods of a couple of years ago?
Thank you, george76!
<< comparable to the Iowa floods of a couple of years ago? >>
Not over yet : lots of new rain forecasted for the weekend.
Plus New Mexico is part of this ?
New Mexico floods: Hundreds evacuated, governor declares emergency.
Heavy rains, flooding wreak havoc across New Mexico
You are welcome.
Lesson for the day: DO NOT build at the bottom of a ravine!
Thanks so much for pinging, I’ve been following the Drudge Report and wondered about you when I saw how bad it is. Here is another link from there;
Drudge Report says 230 people are unaccounted for!
So much distruction and I hope you and your family are safe. We, down here in South Texas, are under water restriction from long time drought.
We have lots of extra water that we like to give to you.
You realize there are laws in Colorado that prevent people from using, daming or stopping the flow the rain water. It must, by law, flow down the rivers and into Kansas where it is used for irrigation.
What a disaster. It’s terrible.
For those not around in the early evening of Saturday, July 31, 1976 :
a large stationary thunderstorm released as much as 7.5 inches of rainfall in about an hour (about 12 inches in a few hours) in the middle reaches of the Big Thompson River Basin and to a lesser extent in parts of the Cache la Poudre River Basin.
We’d take it but would have to dig a ‘l o n g’ ditch to get it here, lol.
Wow. What a disaster.
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About one minute and it repeats once within the video
WATCH Incredible Video of Fire Truck Driving Through Colorado Flood
Here is a good photo of the Big Thompson canyon, and you can see why there is so much damage. Upstream from this, there is a large area which will drain into this river. So when it has extremely heaving rains across the area, it will not have anywhere to go except to collect into this narrow canyon. On a good day it is barley wide enough to have the road and the river, but in a flood of this size, there can be a wall of water 30-40 feet going down the bottom of this canyon. There are campgrounds and fishing along this river. In this sort of situation, there is no place to escape to. Climbing the walls of the canyon is the only escape, but in many locations, not realistic for a lot of people.
I’ve only been to Colorado twice in my life, so I may be ignorant on this: but didn’t they build a series of dams and floodgates back in the 1940’s to prevent this sort of thing?
Most of this water is going to Nebraska, not Kansas.
Kansas has been suing Colorado for more than 100 years : often over the Arkansas River.
Much of this flood water will end up in the South Platte River : It flows directly past the communities of Brighton and Fort Lupton, and is joined in succession by Saint Vrain Creek, the Little Thompson River, the Big Thompson River, and the Cache la Poudre River, which it receives just east of Greeley.
East of Greeley it turns eastward, flowing across the Colorado Eastern Plains, past Fort Morgan and Brush, where it turns northeastward. It continues past Sterling, and runs into Nebraska between Julesburg, Colorado and Big Springs, Nebraska. In Nebraska, it passes south of Ogallala and joins the North Platte River near the city of North Platte.
All the dams in this area are full or overflowing.
The land is mixed. In steep mountain canyons, a wall of water can be dozens of feet high. Note the earlier pictures.
In the flat plains, a stream can go from a few feet before the rain to 20 feet high and miles wide now. Many of the older homes/farm buildings from the 1800s are on small hills = dry ( smart old boys then ). Many of the newer trailer parks and such may be under water even though they could not see the river before now.
We’re under a flood warning right now. Not much in my area but this place is soaked to the core now.
Wow. Amazing images. I often ride that road on motorcycles as it is one of the local favorites. It is a total goner.
National Weather Service Enhanced Radar Image Loop.
CDOT and the towns will still be cleaning up this mess next year.
We were running a little dry. Nature loves averages, so we had an early and wet monsoon season. Then this big old high pressure system parked itself over Nevada. Colorado is on the upswing side, tons of gulf and Pacific moisture funneling up from the south in a virtual Aerial river.
stay safe. sitting here in littleton watching all this with the CH-47 CHINOOKs out of carson flying over the house. i am at a loss for words, truly a rare occurance.
i read a book on that and on the gelwood springs south mountain fire. to be in anything like that in the daytime has to be scary. i can’t imagine at nigh, hearing flash flood sirens at 0200.
componding the narrow canyons are debris “dams. in a flood situation these dams are created by all the debris and can be 10-12 feet high. of course they are unstable so they give way letting loose a 10-12 foot high torrent of water
I assume he has to be "asked" to provide relief by the governor before he can provide federal help.
It's been a couple days of terrible destruction, yet I haven't heard a word about such a scenario. Have I missed something?
remeber unaccounted for DOES NOT MEAN MISSING. it means no one has been able to contact them. any number of reasons including no powewr, dead cell phones, they are on vacation and the neighbors didn’t know, they evacuated quickly and haven’t been able to contact anyone. i have a firnd who lives in the area and dropped him an email. he is out of state on vacation.
They are calling it a 500 to 1000 year event. There are floods in drainage plains, but very rare to have everyone affected at once.
they have reported the Big Thompson was higher this time than when it flooded in 1976, killing 150 or so.
this time add in boulder creek, south boulder creek, four mile creek, clear creek, left hand , St vrain, platte, and poudre.
Thanks for writing that, I WAS thinking of people missing as possibly ‘harmed’ or worse.
Or the side of a mountain. Or in the plains, as much damage has occurred well east of these canyons
Expect evacs in sterling tomorrow.
colorado drained bonnie lake reservoir to settle the dispute with kansas.
It was declared a disaster Thursday. Millions already released for assistance.
Hearing today that the road leading into big elk meadows is gone (between Lyons and Estes park). Also, the small creek in the canyon has made a new path. This is where a small dam failed Wednesday night/Thursday. They will have to be airlifted out.