“This is a 500-to-1,000-year flood”
Posted by feww on September 15, 2013
Torrential rains continue pounding flood-devastated Colorado
More rain has been falling in flood-devastated Colorado for a fifth day.
On Saturday several additional towns along the South Platte River were under mandatory evacuation.
Several areas have received more than 15 inches of rain over three days, an amount more than the annual total average, according to National Weather Service.
“This is a 500-to-1,000-year flood,” said a Weld County commissioner.
“We continue to have new landslides and road collapses,” said a message posted by the Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District, warning trapped residents that rescuers were having difficulty reaching them.
“Rescue crews got a break when the rains let up on Friday, but by Saturday afternoon the rains returned, prompting the National Weather Service to issue flash flood warnings for canyons west of the Denver metro area,” said a report.
“This event has stunned all of us,” U.S. Senator Mark Udall said after touring the devastated area by air with Governor John Hickenlooper and other politicians on Saturday.
Riverbend campground, Storm Mountain near Drake. Credit: Deb Green.
Two of the worst hit areas are Weld County where the swollen St. Vrain, Big Thompson and Cache La Poudre rivers empty into the South Platte River, and Morgan County, further downstream, where the towns of Weldona, Goodrich, Muir Springs and Orchard were under evacuation orders, the report said.
- The disaster zone is larger than 10,000 mi², an area the size of Massachusetts.
- The raging floodwaters have destroyed numerous buildings, roads and bridges in the the disaster areas.
- Flooding has left at least 4 people dead, and a fifth victim, a 60-year-old female, is missing and presumed dead after witnesses saw her home swept away by floodwaters, according to Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
- About 520 people are still unaccounted for, said Gov. Hickenlooper in a TV interview (the figure includes 350 people in Larimer County and 170 others in Boulder County), and officials have warned the death toll could rise.
- N. Colorado Declared as Federal Disaster Area September 14, 2013
- ens of Thousands Evacuated as Colorado Floods Worsen September 13, 2013
- Deadly Flooding Forces Thousands of Evacuations in Colorado September 13, 2013