South Platte River flood remembered 55 years later — 9News.com

From 9News.com (Nelson Garcia):

As people head out on the waters of Chatfield Reservoir, many probably don’t realize the lake is there now because of what happened 55 years ago on June 16.

“It was a 20-foot wall of water when it hit Littleton,” Jenny Hankinson said.

She is Curator of Collections at the Littleton Museum and helped put together an exhibit about the 1965 South Platte River Flood…

On June 14, 1965, Hankinson said about 14 inches of rain fell upstream near Castle Rock and Deckers adding too much precipitation to Plum Creek and the South Platte River forcing water over the banks collecting debris along the way…

Hankinson said 13 bridges were washed out along with 2,500 homes causing more than $500 million in damage at the time across Colorado. In 2020 dollars, that is the equivalent of more than $4.1 billion…

Due to the flood, Hankinson said development along the river is now smarter with fewer buildings, more parks and open land that can absorb the water. But, the biggest protection is the dam at Chatfield Reservoir built eight years after the flood.

Trains at 14th St and South Platte River June 19, 1965. Photo via Westword.com

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