Flooding

Colorado Ag Braces For A Post-Flood Irrigation Season

Mar 13, 2014
Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When September’s flood waters came down the Front Range foothills, it unleashed tremendous pressure on an aging irrigation infrastructure, some of which dated back to the late 1800s. As the weather warms, it’ll be a race to mend the damaged or destroyed ditches before the snow starts to melt.

Nathan Heffel / KUNC

Colorado's historic flood left a significant number of dams and diversion structures damaged on Left Hand Creek in Boulder County - many belonged to the Left Hand Ditch Company. Six months later, the company's critical restoration projects are 80 percent complete and over $1 million under budget.

210 Places In Boulder County 'Potentially Hazardous'

Mar 11, 2014
Nathan Heffel / KUNC

The snow pack in the mountains around Boulder is at about 140 percent of normal and officials are concerned that the annual spring runoff coupled with the debris from last September’s flood will cause even more problems for a hard hit area.

Grace Hood / KUNC

It’s been six months since heavy rain flooded 24 Colorado counties, damaging businesses, homes, roads and ending 10 lives. An estimated 28,000 residents were impacted and nearly 1,000 businesses were damaged or destroyed.

When it comes to business, the small towns of Lyons and Estes Park have faced a particularly steep road to recovery.

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Six months after September's floods devastated much of the Front Range, many areas hit hard have mostly returned to normal. That's not the case everywhere. For residents of Big Elk Meadows, getting back home has been a slow process.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner/Released

With the annual spring runoff approaching, the threat of more flooding across Boulder County is back. The county will be conducting a series of meetings on each major watershed.

The House is expected to vote as early as next week to partially repeal a 2012 law that overhauled the National Flood Insurance Program, which is tens of billions of dollars in debt.

The law was meant to make people living in flood-prone areas foot more of the insurance bill. But lawmakers didn't realize how many homeowners would be affected — or how hard they'd be hit.

You can find some of those homeowners in Bayou Gauche, about 30 miles west of New Orleans.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation reported the ice dam break Thursday, briefly causing concern and emergency notification downstream. Later tweeting that no problems were reported in the Big Thompson Canyon, the Larimer Sheriff canceled the notifications.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

The legislative session beginning Jan. 8, 2014 could see several bills in response to September’s historic floods.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner/Released

Thanks to a $4.6 million federal grant, Colorado is launching a program to hire temporary workers to provide cleanup and recovery work following September’s devastating floods. 

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