Flooding

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."

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.

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.

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.

Grace Hood / KUNC

Some Greeley residents got a surprise call Sunday night from the Greeley Fire Department giving notice of voluntary evacuations near the Poudre River.

Carrie Saldo, Arts District

Inside the lobby of this particular Ramada Inn, among oversized lounge furniture and decorative plants, are the makings of an ad-hoc studio: A charcoal pencil, an easel, and few clip lights. For now this is artist Jess DuBois’s workplace.

Nurpu / Creative Commons/Flickr

Communities impacted by September’s massive floods can now apply for funding from a new federal grant.

Governor John Hickenlooper was on hand Wednesday for the ground breaking of a new $30 million public private project between Grand Heritage Hotel Group — owner of the Stanley Hotel — and the Estes Park Medical Center.

National Resources Conservation Service / U.S.D.A

A combination of higher than average snowpack and saturated ground from the September 2013 flood has raised the risk of spring runoff flooding in the Saint Vrain, and Boulder Creek, Big Thompson and the upper Cache La Poudre River drainages.

Lois Smith / Baldpate Inn

If you gamble in Blackhawk or Cripple Creek, your taxes helped restore buildings from Colorado’s past – and those damaged in September’s historic floods.

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