Historic flooding in Colorado September 2013

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Historic mountain flooding in colorado after a hot, dry summer marked by drought and wildfires September, 15, 2013. Miles from the Rocky Mountains, debris-filled rivers became muddy seas that overflowed banks and extended into towns and inundated farms
Presentation courtesy of Dr Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction

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Historic flooding in Colorado September 2013

  1. 1. FLOODWATERS: BOULDER, CO.
  2. 2. Historic mountain flooding in colorado after a hot, dry summer marked by drought and wildfires september, 15, 2013
  3. 3. RECORDS SET IN 1919 BROKEN AFTER WEEK- LONG RAINFALL
  4. 4. BOULDER HIT ESPECIALLY HARD
  5. 5. BOULDER
  6. 6. Boulder, with a population of about 100,000, is located 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Denver and sited at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m).
  7. 7. IMMEDIATE IMPACTS • WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES • UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO CLOSED • SCHOOLS CLOSED • MUDSLIDES • INUNDATION • ISOLATED MTN. COMMUNITIES • FOOD AND WATER DEPLETED
  8. 8. Miles from the Rocky Mountains, debris-filled rivers became muddy seas that overflowed banks and extended into towns and inundated farms
  9. 9. DEBRIS-FILLED RIVERS
  10. 10. CUMMULATIVE IMPACTS (To Date) • $ 150 MILLION IN DAMAGES • THOUSANDS EVACUATED • COMMUNITIES ISOLATED • NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED • FEDERAL ASSISTANCE APPROVED • 1,200 STRANDED • AT LEAST 5 DEAD
  11. 11. FLOODWATERS: BOULDER, CO.
  12. 12. FLOODING
  13. 13. FLOODING
  14. 14. ROADS DESTROYED
  15. 15. MUDSLIDE: BOULDER, CO.
  16. 16. AIRLIFTING
  17. 17. CONTINUING RAINFALL EXACERBATES RESCUE OPERATIONS

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