Coloradoan – The flood that ravaged Colorado earlier this month was “unprecedented,” according to a preliminary assessment issued by government and university scientists Wednesday.
The report, which also stated that the flooding was “probably unmatched in at least 35 years,” was prepared by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder. The institute includes scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.
Across the state, the floods killed at least eight people and damaged or destroyed as many as 2,000 homes. It also washed out hundreds of miles of roads and left many small mountain towns completely cut off. The floods caused damage across nearly 2,000 square miles.
The event “was likely a 100-year flood (or more accurately: a 1 percent probability per year flood),” the report states, and that all-time record or near-record precipitation was recorded during the week of Sept. 9-15 across the Front Range.