Flooding on a Biblical Scale - Colorado Flood 2013
Posted by Client Care on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 12:01pm.
All across the world, people are hearing reports of the natural disaster the State of Colorado is facing at the current moment. Known mostly for its dry climate, the Front Range and surrounding areas have been pummeled with over 15 inches of rain in the last several days. To put it in another perspective, meteorologists say the snowfall equivalence to 15 inches of rain would be nearly 200 inches in some areas!
Flash floods, although somewhat rare, are definitely not unheard of in the area and in fact the Boulder Creek has one of the highest flash flood risks in the state. Despite the inevitability of some flooding in the areas most affected, the magnitude of this storm has caused what officials are calling “flooding on a biblical scale.” With reports of 15-20 foot walls of water barreling down the mountainside at astounding rates carrying debris as large as cars and as long as trees, the ramifications on Colorado’s beautiful landscape and infrastructures are going to be huge. Even still, plans are already underway to put all the pieces back together and residents feel confident that the areas most effected will be back up and running again soon!
Being dubbed the 100 year flood, the likelihood of a storm of this magnitude has a 1% probability of happening in any given year. While all the data is far from being tallied, State officials are saying this is the worst flooding the State of Colorado and the Boulder area has experienced since 1894. The possible reclassification of this 2013 storm as a 1000, yes 1000, year event is extremely plausible at this point, as breaking record levels of water continue to lay siege to the Front Range. The culprit of this massive storm front was an uncharacteristic stationary low pressure system situated over Utah and a high pressure storm system sitting just to the east of Denver. The warm tropical air mass has pushed saturated air up and over the Rocky Mountains, which is causing all the moisture to be squeezed out of the system, thus producing massive amounts of water flow.
One of the only certainties in this unfortunate event is that the road to recovery will be long and arduous. In the days to come, the state will have to deal with several majorly devastated roadways, failing sewer systems, contaminated reservoirs, limited electricity and phone access, unsafe drinking water, mudslides, rockslides, and stressed city services. But again, Colorado homeowners are remaining positive and are looking forward to next week when the sun will be shining once again!
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