The big news story this weekend was the devastating flooding in Colo. Days of persistent and heavy rain resulted in raging waters that spilled over their banks and flooded thousands of homes and businesses. On Sept. 16, The Weather Channel and ABC News reported on the shocking numbers of the historic floods.
After seven days of rain, creeks and rivers throughout the state swallowed roadways and washed away homes and businesses. The end result was mudslides, neighborhoods in ruins, rescue operations that had to be halted by even more rain, and a flood that is seen only once in one thousand years.
Sam Champion from “Good Morning America” literally tethered himself and reported very close to a still raging creek. He explained that the waterway is usually so low and calm that children play in it during the summertime. On Monday, it looked downright angry and out of control.
In Longmont, families returned to their flooded homes on Saturday, only to be forced to evacuate again on Sunday as the waters continued to rise. A group of fifth grade students had to be airlifted to safety after downpours kicked in and flooded the road to their campsite in the mountains. Members of the Colorado National Guard were stranded when they attempted to rescue the residents of Lyons.
Sheriff Justin Smith of Larimer County was asked how his town could ever recover from such devastating flooding. “Inch by inch, community by community,” he replied emotionally on Sept. 16.
Below are the shocking numbers from the Colo. floods, as reported by The Weather Channel and ABC News.
- 6 people are dead
- 17,494 homes are damaged
- 1,253 people are still unaccounted for
- 15 counties are affected. The area is twice the size of the state of Rhole Island.
- Rain totals are astonishing. Boulder: 18.6”, N.E. Aurora: 15”, Nederland: 12.3”.
- 85 students and 14 adults were stranded while on a camping trip.
- 1,000 people in Larimer County are still awaiting rescue
- 30 state highway bridges were destroyed
Hope is on the horizon. Although it will take days and maybe weeks to completely dry up, the chance of rain goes down all week in Colo. As one business owner said on The Weather Channel on Monday morning, “We took a really big beating.”
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