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Ten Years Later: The flood that changed the Front Range

Ten Years Later: The flood that changed the Front Range

Saturday, September 9, 2023, will mark 10 years since destructive floods devastated Northern Colorado. The vast majority of the rain fell on that September 11 and 12. Over the course of a week, nine people died, 20,000 residents evacuated and thousands of homes, roads and businesses were destroyed. The cost of the damage came to nearly $4 billion dollars.

This series of four in depth stories will focus on specific communities and examine a couple central questions: what has changed since that devastating flood? What have we learned?
A river winds past sandy banks with dried grasses.
Luke Runyon
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KUNC
Ten years ago, intense flooding came to Northern Colorado. The floods destroyed homes, roadways and bridges and left Front Range communities dealing with the after effects for years. The disaster left a mark on those who lived through it. To look back at the flood a decade ago and what's happened since, KUNC’s Nikole Robinson Carroll spoke with Luke Runyon.



Boulder County Parks and Open Space planner Justin Atherton-Wood holds open a scrolled piece of white paper with images on it while standing on a dirt path with green grasses on either side.
Luke Runyon
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KUNC
In the time since 2013's floods, the immediate damage has been repaired. But even now, a decade later, projects to make sure communities like Longmont are prepared to weather the next big storm are still underway.



A woman in a blue sleeveless shirt smiles and looks up into the distance. In the background, a river flows through rocks and green bushes.
Alex Hager
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KUNC
Ten years after Colorado's 2013 floods, many people who lived in mobile homes have struggled to get funding and new housing.



People stand scattered outside a dark brown log building with the words "Town Hall" in white on the front.
Leigh Paterson
/
KUNC
Last weekend, Northern Colorado communities gathered to acknowledge the anniversary of historic floods that hit the region 10 years ago. Glen Haven, an area just north of Estes Park, was badly damaged. Residents, first responders, and elected officials gathered in the rebuilt town hall on Saturday to remember the flooding.