Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Colorado Flash Flood 2013

If you were waiting for additional posts about our trip to Gunnison, it will have to wait. 

Seems crazy to post about a fishing trip when some parts of Colorado have received as much rain since September 11 when the storm started as they receive during a full calendar year. A couple of weeks ago the prevailing thoughts and conversations were "damn its hot, when is it going to rain." Those thoughts have now changed to "Damn its wet, when is it going to stop." Well today is the first day that the sun has come out and the raining has stopped. Now the thoughts and comments surround the surreal flooding and devastation that has tested every Coloradoan whether their feet are wet or not.

The entire front range has been impacted by the flooding. The eastern plains have been impacted by the flooding and unless you have been on a river somewhere for a week you have seen plenty of images that bring home the devastation. I will remember so much about the surreal experience that unfolded in September 2013, the driest month of the year typically; however, the clip below shows the devastation to the Big Thompson Canyon as seen by helicopter and the images are of the Poudre Canyon. Both are home waters to me, my fellow bloggers, and my fishing partners.  We take for granted the tranquil interactions we have with the waters we spend time on. The other side, is a force, that when conditions are right, unleashes an indescribable power that makes a person feel insignificant.

The YouTube footage is 54 minutes in length and starts at the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon. If you have ever taken Hwy 34 from Loveland up to scenic Estes Park, you will recognize the extent of the damage. 

The Poudre River 2013 Flood
Poudre as of 9/15 at 1050 is at approximately 3000cfs. To put this into perspective, September is the driest time of the year typically and flows can reach as low as 50cfs. An average spring run off is 3-4000cfs with peaks at around 5000cfs during strong spring runoffs. The Poudre reached a high of approximate 10,200cfs early in the storm! 

The Poudre River 2013 Flood
My thoughts and prayers go out to every person that has been impacted by the floods that have reeked havoc and continue to on our state. Coloradans are a resilient bunch and this year mother nature has tried to test that resiliency with fires, drought, and now flooding. In true Colorado fashion, we will rebound. It is my prayer that those families that have suffered the loss of a loved one find comfort, peace, and the support of others to feel the void that currently exists.

Estes Park, Colorado
Highway 34 Estes Park Bound

A HEART FELT THANK YOU...To every member of our law enforcement, fire personnel, emergency medical staff, military, and the dispatch centers around the state that have given of themselves tirelessly to help their communities! 

In the coming weeks, months, and years a countless number of people will be asked to help those around them to get back to their new normal! Thank you in advance for all each of you will do! Whether it is providing a case of water to someone standing at a traffic point, or rescuing your neighbors pet, Thank you in advance for all each of you will do!

How can you help!
1. Donate to or the American Red Cross,
2. Donate blood.
3. Donate bottled drinking water.
4. Show your support and fly the Colorado Flag!
5. Lend a helping hand in the relief effort.

God speed!


  1. Thanks for the excellent post Al. I'll second the thanks to all the emergency personnel who made this disaster a lot better than it would have been without them. No one knows the fate of the rivers yet, but I look for them to come back strong as I'm sure they have in the past.

    1. Howard! There are tons of folks working hard to make the flood a thing of the past. You have been there and done that! I completely agree with you buddy! The rivers will bounce back without a doubt; however, access is gonna take a little while to say the least. Thanks for you support and stopping by!

  2. Thanks for highlighting the issues the state is facing, and ways to help. Although there is no doubt things will come back stronger, it is terrible to see the damage, and loss of life.

    1. You and I both know that the river, damage, and area will come to a new normal over time. My heart is heavy for those that have lost loved ones! We will check out the rivers once the levels drop!

  3. I hope you guys have seen the worst of this disaster. This is really a heartbreaking situation for so many individuals, especially those who didn't have flood insurance. It is unbelievable the damage that has occurred here. Thanks for sharing an informative video and all the images as well.

  4. Bill, The emergency is behind us and now the recovery takes place. The resiliency of everyone will be tested; however, if the past is any indication everyone will persevere. I completely agree, flood insurance is not commonly thought of out here. To think of all that families that did not have it is devastating. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers! Always a pleasure having you stop by!


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