Update on Colorado Flooding Natural Disasters

In a previous post I discussed different natural disasters that might affect the hyperloop in Colorado. After watching the incredible destruction of Colorado communities due to the flooding of the last week, I have revised the post to include: 

  • Floods (espically flast flooding in mountain areas, while rare, are to be taken very seriously)
The Denver Post has another great article on the history of flash floods in Colorado. 
Some people find it hard to reconcile floods with Colorado’s arid reputation, but they are a recurring problem. And as the Colorado Water Conservation Board notes, “flood-prone areas have been identified in 267 cities and towns and in all … 64 counties.”
Indeed, many of the dams best known to metro readers, including Chatfield, Cherry Creek and Bear Creek, were built with flood mitigation as a major goal.
This week’s floods recall some of this state’s historic flashflood tragedies, several of which actually took many more lives. The Big Thompson flood of 1976 was the deadliest, killing 144 and leaving many others injured.
Flood mitigation and communications have improved considerably since then, but not enough to overcome the brute force of nature. So the latest floods will be a learning experience, too, that hopefully can be put to use the next time the long rains arrive.”
Growing up in the Cherry Creek floodplain path, I have always been keenly aware that a disaster of the dam breaking could make a wall of water head straight for my home and Lodo. The very foundation of our house is on top of old sandy flood deposited sediments. 
I hope development into these floodplains are limited in the future, and future transportation systems are hardened if they go into these areas. 

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