Flooding

5:00am

Thu July 31, 2014
Weather Nerding

Yes, It's Been A Wet Summer – And It's Likely To Stay That Way

A Colorado state flag droops during two days of heavy rain.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

If you live in Northern Colorado or the Front Range and it feels like this summer has been wetter than normal, it's not your imagination.

Some parts of Weld County, including Greeley, have had twice as much rainfall this July as normal. Since May, much of the county has had about 9 inches of rain, also double what is expected for this period.

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8:13am

Tue June 24, 2014
Oil and Gas

Latest Oil Spill In Poudre Raises Questions About Sites Near Rivers

As seen from the Poudre Trail, the tanks at the well site, and site of the spill, at the end of Weld County Road 23, June 24, 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

After a Noble Energy storage tank that spilled 178 barrels -- about 7,500 gallons -- of oil into the Poudre River was discovered June 20, questions arose about how vulnerable some oil and gas facilities are to flood damage.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has estimated [.pdf] that "more than 5,900 oil and gas wells lie within 500 feet of a Colorado waterway that is substantial enough to be named."

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3:09pm

Mon June 23, 2014
water

Colorado Had A Great Snowpack Year, In Some Cases Really Great

Snow on pine trees.
Wikimedia Commons

Skiing across Colorado’s high country was exceptional in 2014, with some resorts reporting more than 300 inches of snow. All that snow translated to an above-average snowpack.

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6:30am

Sat June 7, 2014
Flooding

Officials Urge Caution Around Raging Rivers

The Poudre River rages near Poudre Park on May 30, 2014.
Grace Hood KUNC

As temperatures rise, many flock to rivers and streams to cool off. Northern Colorado safety officials are urging “extreme caution” as rivers swell from their banks with higher-than-average snowpack. In the span of two weeks, three have died in the Poudre River due to the unsafe conditions.

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11:42am

Wed June 4, 2014
Flooding

Floodwaters In Greeley Starting To Drop, Leaving Damage Behind

The Varra Gravel Pit in east Greeley, which was breached by the Poudre River Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Weld County Office of Emergency Management

High water continues to move through Greeley, although Greeley officials say current river levels have dropped slightly since Tuesday afternoon. Several roads in and around Greeley remain closed, and all voluntary evacuation notices remain in effect.

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