USGS Responds to Record Flooding in Colorado and beyond

Posted on September 20, 2013 By

Floodwaters and resulting landslides from historic rain events across Colorado over the last week have taken eight lives, destroyed 1500 homes, and left more than 300 people still missing. While the rain has subsided for the time being, devastation is prevalent along the urban corridor from Denver north to Fort Collins.

As record flooding continues throughout Colorado’s Front Range, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is maintaining its response efforts and preparing for continued flooding as waters move east. Flood waters are now working their way from Colorado through Nebraska, and multiple USGS field crews have been deployed to monitor flows and assess damage to equipment.

USGS Streamflow Information Helps Protect Lives

USGS scientists are collecting critical streamflow data that are vital for protection of life, property, and the environment. These data are used by the National Weather Service to develop flood forecasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to manage flood control, and local agencies in their flood response activities.  Accurate streamflow data are critical for emergency managers to make important decisions on how to protect life and property.

USGS Scientist Taking Measurements Along Bear Creek – Photo taken by Heidi Koontz, USGS Communications, Friday, Sept. 13. USGS scientist Ben Glass conducting current profiler measurements along Bear Creek near Bear Creek Lake in Morrison, Colo.

USGS Scientist Taking Measurements Along Bear Creek – Photo taken by Heidi Koontz, USGS Communications, Friday, Sept. 13. USGS scientist Ben Glass conducting current profiler measurements along Bear Creek near Bear Creek Lake in Morrison, Colo.

You Can Access Flood Information

You can access the current flood and high flow conditions throughout Colorado and across the country by visiting the USGS WaterWatch website. Receive instant, customized updates about water conditions in your area via text message or email by signing up for USGS WaterAlert. —Read more.

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