Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Photos: Colorado Flood damage aerial views
fort morgan times ^ | Sep 14, 2013

Posted on 09/14/2013 5:01:50 PM PDT by george76

Aerial photos of the flood damage caused by heavy rains along Colorado’s Front Range.

A 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman was believed to be the fifth person killed in this week’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at photos.fortmorgantimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Kansas; US: Nebraska; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: colorado; coloradoflood; coloradoflooding; flood; katrina; nofema; obamaskatrina; obamassandy; weather
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-96 next last

1 posted on 09/14/2013 5:01:50 PM PDT by george76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: MileHi; dhs12345; neverdem; ColoCowgirl; RandallFlagg; dynachrome; beaversmom; GSWarrior; ...

Colorado Ping ( Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)


2 posted on 09/14/2013 5:03:22 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: potlatch

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.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/colorado-flooding-updates-on-boulder-greeley-ft-collins-lyons-coal-creek-canyon-evans-more


3 posted on 09/14/2013 5:06:23 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: george76

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? ;)


4 posted on 09/14/2013 5:18:30 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

OMG! It’s like The Johnstown Flood!


5 posted on 09/14/2013 5:19:36 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: george76

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.


6 posted on 09/14/2013 5:19:47 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: george76

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.


7 posted on 09/14/2013 5:27:54 PM PDT by MtnClimber (0-Bomb-a-Nation. Resist we much!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: george76

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.


8 posted on 09/14/2013 5:29:20 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

Ah, my typing and editing are affected by my 10 month old collie biting my hands as I type.


9 posted on 09/14/2013 5:30:57 PM PDT by MtnClimber (0-Bomb-a-Nation. Resist we much!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

The floods began Wednesday. Floodwaters have affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile area, almost the size of Connecticut.

More pictures, too.

http://www.chieftain.com/home/1842337-120/boulder-lyons-friday-mountain


10 posted on 09/14/2013 5:33:37 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: george76

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. ;)


11 posted on 09/14/2013 5:35:36 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin; george76
Wow! Haven’t really been following this...is this just some freak of Nature, some 200-year flood?

These 200 year floods seem to occur about every ten years.

12 posted on 09/14/2013 5:37:30 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

Be safe


13 posted on 09/14/2013 5:39:00 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

 photo BUI5njpIIAAW-Ai.jpg
14 posted on 09/14/2013 5:40:47 PM PDT by Dysart (Being nuts has its advantages...and the machete doesn't hurt, either.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: george76

Is this event comparable to the Iowa floods of a couple of years ago?


15 posted on 09/14/2013 5:42:29 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: george76

Thank you, george76!


16 posted on 09/14/2013 5:54:33 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Rome2000

<< 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.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/13/us/new-mexico-flooding/index.html

Heavy rains, flooding wreak havoc across New Mexico

http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/albuquerque/flooding-closes-roads-throughout-nm/-/9153728/21903296/-/34d8frz/-/index.html


17 posted on 09/14/2013 5:56:18 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: laplata

You are welcome.


18 posted on 09/14/2013 5:57:25 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: george76

Lesson for the day: DO NOT build at the bottom of a ravine!


19 posted on 09/14/2013 6:00:18 PM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: george76

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!

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_24095454/colorado-flood-rescuers-pushing-reach-172-people-unaccounted

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.
Take care!


20 posted on 09/14/2013 6:02:33 PM PDT by potlatch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: potlatch

We have lots of extra water that we like to give to you.


21 posted on 09/14/2013 6:05:37 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: george76

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.


22 posted on 09/14/2013 6:05:57 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: george76

What a disaster. It’s terrible.


23 posted on 09/14/2013 6:06:38 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vince Ferrer

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.

http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2006/3095/


24 posted on 09/14/2013 6:14:14 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: george76

We’d take it but would have to dig a ‘l o n g’ ditch to get it here, lol.


25 posted on 09/14/2013 6:16:41 PM PDT by potlatch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: george76

Wow. What a disaster.


26 posted on 09/14/2013 6:16:51 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: george76

27 posted on 09/14/2013 6:18:06 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: george76

Thanks for the ping. Please keep me on the Ping list.

About one minute and it repeats once within the video
WATCH Incredible Video of Fire Truck Driving Through Colorado Flood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofU8H8XScoA


28 posted on 09/14/2013 6:19:35 PM PDT by Whenifhow
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: george76

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.

29 posted on 09/14/2013 6:32:13 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: george76

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?


30 posted on 09/14/2013 6:33:15 PM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

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.

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mbrfc/


31 posted on 09/14/2013 6:37:49 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: jespasinthru

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.


32 posted on 09/14/2013 6:51:07 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: george76

We’re under a flood warning right now. Not much in my area but this place is soaked to the core now.


33 posted on 09/14/2013 6:56:17 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Whenifhow

Thank you.


34 posted on 09/14/2013 6:57:44 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: george76

Wow. Amazing images. I often ride that road on motorcycles as it is one of the local favorites. It is a total goner.


35 posted on 09/14/2013 7:02:55 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: CodeToad

National Weather Service Enhanced Radar Image Loop.

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=N0R&rid=ftg&loop=yes


36 posted on 09/14/2013 7:03:55 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: CodeToad

CDOT and the towns will still be cleaning up this mess next year.


37 posted on 09/14/2013 7:05:46 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

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.


38 posted on 09/14/2013 7:29:31 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

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.


39 posted on 09/14/2013 7:35:56 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: george76

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.


40 posted on 09/14/2013 7:38:38 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: george76

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


41 posted on 09/14/2013 7:41:19 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: george76; mickie; flaglady47
Has Obomba declared this a disaster area yet?

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?

Leni

42 posted on 09/14/2013 7:41:22 PM PDT by MinuteGal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: potlatch

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.


43 posted on 09/14/2013 7:45:16 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

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.


44 posted on 09/14/2013 7:49:36 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: bravo whiskey

Thanks for writing that, I WAS thinking of people missing as possibly ‘harmed’ or worse.


45 posted on 09/14/2013 7:50:53 PM PDT by potlatch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: ZOOKER

Or the side of a mountain. Or in the plains, as much damage has occurred well east of these canyons


46 posted on 09/14/2013 7:52:26 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: george76

Expect evacs in sterling tomorrow.

colorado drained bonnie lake reservoir to settle the dispute with kansas.


47 posted on 09/14/2013 7:58:16 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: MinuteGal

It was declared a disaster Thursday. Millions already released for assistance.


48 posted on 09/14/2013 8:01:36 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: ican'tbelieveit
Thanks.

Leni

49 posted on 09/14/2013 8:03:12 PM PDT by MinuteGal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: bravo whiskey

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.


50 posted on 09/14/2013 8:04:27 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-96 next last

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.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson