First fire, now flood

Road flooding near Poudre Park

Run-off black with ash and soot floods road in the Poudre Canyon area of the High Park Fire zone. (Photo: Rich Abrahamson/The Fort Collins Coloradoan)

The monsoon has finally arrived in Colorado. But as desperately as we need the rain, it is causing problems. With huge, fresh burn scars in the mountains, we are now getting a lot of flash flood warnings in and near the canyons. A highway through the High Park burn area had to be closed yesterday because of mudslides, and residents in one canyon, who had already evacuated twice for the fire, were put on pre-evac notice for flooding. Experts say it could be as long as five years before the scarred slopes recover enough to stop being a flood and mudslide hazard.



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7 replies

  1. Oh, my. We’ve had some awesome rain here, but no flooding – at least locally… yet. Drove over the Rio Grande today, though, and it’s up the highest I’ve seen in a long long time.

    • I thought it looked like the flow of moist air was bringing you rain, too. My yard was in desperate need, and it may have come just in time to save the Colo. corn crop, but we sure don’t need two inches of rain at a time on burn areas — unless they are still burning, of course.

      • We’ve had some very nice rain. About three days in a row now. Usually starts pretty heavy for a few minutes, but backs off to a nice steady rain for 30 minutes to an hour. Often sprinkling or very light for some time after that, too. It’s actually been moist/damp without drying out for the 3 days. Been very very nice. Thank goodness the monsoons came a tad early. Needed them badly. Last year they threatened rain a lot – looked mean and black – but never really rained.

  2. Just can’t get a break. What a roller coaster ride.
    The past few days we’ve had downpours and storms – but all that’s really great for the oak tree.

    • How’s that tree looking these days? I’ve been so worried about it and I’m still furious with the people who thought moving it, especially during the growing season, was a good idea. Nothing short of routing the road around it was acceptable in my book.

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