20th anniversary of the Spring Creek flood

Spring Creek flood, Fort Collins, July 28, 1997.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan is running a podcast about the flood with Erin Udell. Click through to listen. Here’s an excerpt:

20 years ago, on the night of July 28, 1997, heavy rainfall led to water reaching over the College Avenue bridge bikes now whizz under. Vehicles were swept away in rising floodwaters, trailers in a mobile home park off of Spring Creek were destroyed and five women lost their lives.

In a 31-hour period, Fort Collins saw 10 to 14 inches of rain. In its wake, the flood left an estimated $200 million in damage and had many people asking why.

That event moved Nolan Doesken to create the very successful citizen science project CoCoRaHS.

CoCoRaHS website screen shot July 15, 2017.

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