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- Empire Electric Association
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- Mancos Conservation District
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- Pine River Irrigation District
- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
- Town of Silverton
- Town of Telluride
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- Florida Project (Lemon Reservoir)
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As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources, I am part of a group that is entrusted with the responsibility of protecting our
Similar to what happened just four days ago in Southwest Colorado, severe rain and hailstorms closed off streets and highways around Durango and La Plata County. The storms came almost simultaneously with the onset of fall, which officially began Sunday at 2:44 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Flooding and mud slides brought destruction and confusion to the area.
More than 17,000 acres were swamped in the Colorado floods that swept through the Denver-Julesburg Basin — one of the most intensively drilled fields in the U.S. — leaving oils spills dotting the area. In the basin, there are 20,500 active wells in Weld County, 321 in Boulder County, 253 in Larimer County.
Colorado is undertaking the largest emergency dam inspection program in state history, seeking to check 200 dams in 10 days, mostly along the South Platte River and its tributaries. All of Colorado's high-hazard dams, which likely would kill people if they fail, withstood the recent record rainfall.
Although recent storms have dumped enough water on some areas of Colorado to set off major flooding, the state is still a long way from escaping lingering drought. "There will be some improvement across the area, but we are still well below norma
For the past few years the state has been in a drought and the last two summers it has experienced devastating wild land fires and record breaking temperatures. But that drought came to an end in a matter of days for parts of Colorado as rain pummeled the Front Range causing devastating flash flooding in 17 counties.
The damage to property from flooding in Colorado is estimated to be almost $2 billion, Reuters reports, citing data from the catastrophe modeling firm Eqecat Inc. The anticipated losses for residential property are close to $900 million, and most of those losses are uninsured. Damage to commercial and government property, including roads and bridges, account for $1 billion in losses.
Even as flooding recedes, Colorado is reeling. Communities up and down the state's Front Range remain isolated by washed-out roads, stranded by rushing creeks and without water and power. By Tuesday morning more than 3,000 people had been rescued in Boulder and Larimer counties, the areas hit the hardest by the flooding, officials said.
Monsoonal flows, which began in July, were well-received by Colorado residents and agricultural producers.
September 15, 2013--Severe flooding in Colorado linked to global warming (Environmental News Network)
According to local meteorologists, what happened in Colorado was made worse by climate change. How? To find the connection, we have to look back at the opposite of wet — the very, very dry weather that's become all too common in the Centennial State.