Big Thompson Flood — July 31, 1976 — remembered

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From the Loveland Reporter-Herald:

Residents of the Big Thompson Canyon and others who remember the July 31, 1976, flood there gathered at the flood memorial Wednesday night for an annual memorial service. The flood happened after a thunderstorm stalled over the area and dumped more than a foot of rain. Pounding rain caused a wall of water to roar through the canyon, 19 feet high in places.

It destroyed homes, businesses, U.S. 34 and, worst of all, took 139 lives. Six more people were never found.

More Big Thompson River flood coverage here and here.

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