Category Archives: Colorado flooding

Human fingerprints on 2013 floods

Human fingerprints were not evident in the floods along Colorado’s Front Range in September 2013—at least not clearly. Continue reading

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Giving natural hazards room to happen

Mountain towns such as Vail and Telluride have done a generally good job of mandating that people can’t build homes in the runoff zones of avalanches, says :Spenser Havlick.
But in zoning to reduce destruction of property or loss of human life from floods and other natural disasters, communities in Colorado have been less cautious.
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What is a 1,000-year rainfall?

Want to make a meteorologist squirm? Ask for hard numbers immediately after a flood or big rainfall, such as drenched large parts of northern Colorado in September. But weird weather is nothing new. Continue reading

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Gleaning lessons from floods

What did the Colorado floods of 2013 teach us? We have a hard time looking back, let alone looking into a future that probably doesn’t resemble the past. Continue reading

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Colorado’s 2013 floods in context

Colorado’s 2013 floods may have been the result of a 1,000-year rain event, and in terms of sheer damage, this may be the most expensive flooding ever. But by other measuring sticks, the Big Thompson flood of 1976 was far worse.
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