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Old 09-12-2013, 12:14 PM
 
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I think downtown Denver would be under water right now without it.

Crazy pictures coming out of Boulder and Lyons.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Why? Not much rain down in this area? I live right by Chatfield and we've maybe gotten 1-2inches during the past 24-36 hours
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:21 PM
 
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Why? Not much rain down in this area? I live right by Chatfield and we've maybe gotten 1-2inches during the past 24-36 hours
Plenty of rain in the South Platte drainage I think.
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Plenty of rain in the South Platte drainage I think.
Most of the heavy rain to the south is falling south of the Palmer Divide and that feeds into the Arkansas drainage basin. The South Platte IS getting hit further north along the St. Vrain and Big Thompson Rivers.
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:39 PM
 
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Bear Creek is ripping right now, but yes much heavier to the north.
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:47 PM
 
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Check our South Platte in Commerce city!

USGS Current Conditions for USGS 06714215 SOUTH PLATTE R AT 64TH AVE. COMMERCE CITY, CO.

The 31 year record for this date is 1260 cubic feet per second. It's currently flowing at over 4,800!

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Old 09-26-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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Engineering in action: Bear Creek Lake Park keeps acres of flood water from homes downstream | 9news.com
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:33 PM
 
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They built Chatfield in response to the 1965 floods.

http://www.denvergov.org/Portals/428...%20Failure.pdf

"Chatfield Reservoir is a flood-control reservoir on the South Platte River in Littleton, CO. The land at Chatfield is leased to the state, which operates Chatfield State Park.
Both the reservoir and the dam were built in response to the devastating floods of
1965 that caused millions of dollars of damage to Denver and the South Platte River basin."
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:11 PM
 
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They built Chatfield in response to the 1965 floods.

http://www.denvergov.org/Portals/428...%20Failure.pdf

"Chatfield Reservoir is a flood-control reservoir on the South Platte River in Littleton, CO. The land at Chatfield is leased to the state, which operates Chatfield State Park.
Both the reservoir and the dam were built in response to the devastating floods of
1965 that caused millions of dollars of damage to Denver and the South Platte River basin."
Yep. That's exactly why I was so glad it was in place during the recent rains.
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