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Old 09-13-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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Default Big Thompson flood of '76

Had some friends that decided to go home that day rather than picnic near the creek.
Very good decision in light of the events that transpired.
Big Thompson Flood of 1976

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Old 09-13-2013, 09:08 AM
 
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Here Comes the Water is a song by Chuck Pyle about the Big Thompson flood and a police officer who lost his life saving many others that night.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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I remember that night, but on the whole, this is worse.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I remember that night, but on the whole, this is worse.
Yup. The ferocity and loss of life was much worse in '76 but last night the Big Thompson at Drake was a full foot higher than the record crest.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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I remember that night, but on the whole, this is worse.
143 people lost their lives in 1976. To my knowledge, no one has died in this Big Thompson flood. So how can this one be "worse"?
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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143 people lost their lives in 1976. To my knowledge, no one has died in this Big Thompson flood. So how can this one be "worse"?
Water level and the sheer amount of destruction.

The '76 flood was so deadly because a) we didn't have the radar and early warning technology we have today and b) the rain came in a matter of 3-5 hours instead of 48-72. This flood, however, has set new river crest records in several places - including the North Fork of the Big Thompson at Drake and the Poudre at the mouth of the Canyon.

After you adjust everything for inflation, this flood will cost orders of magnitude more than the '76 flood because of the size of it. US34, US36, and Colorado 7 are all washed out. Parts of Lyons are under several feet of mud and rocks. Nobody really knows how bad it is in Jamestown. Longmont (St. Vrain), Loveland (Big Thompson), and Fort Collins (Poudre) have all been divided by rushing water. Nearly 1/4 of the buildings on the CU campus have sustained water damage of some sort.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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My parents & I were camping the night before the '76 Big Thompson flood in the canyon. I was 3 months old at the time. My dad woke at 1am & decided that the rain was just to much & we needed to get out. The next day it flooded.

My thoughts are with everyone affected by this weather.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:22 PM
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At least 3 dead, 20 missing - I remember writing a paper for high school about the Big Thompson flood. The sky is blue now, but the rain is coming back this afternoon.

Check out Suzco's post - this is effecting more than one river. Boulder Flooding? post # 20

Road closures can be found on COTrip.org take the camera tour aoound the state.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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I well remember the flood of 76. I used my office, with the help of the local newspaper and radio station, to find housing for those displaced by the flood. People called in if they had something that was vacant, that people could live in, and I passed this on to the FEMA office. By the time they were set up to start helping people, I had a long list of places to put people as I started the day of the flood getting places to go on the list in anticipation of the need, and we continued for days to get more.

Guest houses, a long unused apartment over a garage formerly used by their kids, a barn apartment for when they needed to hire someone on their farm, a room in their home for a single person, and anyplace else people could live. It was amazing how people all around the area, pitched in to help with a place to live. I was able to scrounge up enough housing that FEMA was able to house all the displaced. I feel that was one of the most helpful things I ever did for people, and will never forget it.

My wife volunteered at the FEMA office, to help people.

I no longer live there, but I hope that someone is doing what I did and taking the initiative to start finding housing for people. I know from experience the newspaper and radio stations will work with you to let people to know where to call. By the time FEMA is up and running there, you will have a list of places so they can start housing people. You can do it from your office, home, or anywhere you can take phone calls. I know it works, as I did it last time.
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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Water level and the sheer amount of destruction.

The '76 flood was so deadly because a) we didn't have the radar and early warning technology we have today and b) the rain came in a matter of 3-5 hours instead of 48-72. This flood, however, has set new river crest records in several places - including the North Fork of the Big Thompson at Drake and the Poudre at the mouth of the Canyon.

After you adjust everything for inflation, this flood will cost orders of magnitude more than the '76 flood because of the size of it. US34, US36, and Colorado 7 are all washed out. Parts of Lyons are under several feet of mud and rocks. Nobody really knows how bad it is in Jamestown. Longmont (St. Vrain), Loveland (Big Thompson), and Fort Collins (Poudre) have all been divided by rushing water. Nearly 1/4 of the buildings on the CU campus have sustained water damage of some sort.
Damages will always be more today then in the past because there are more structures in the path of the disasters to damage
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