Drought - Fire - Flood Email Forum

Re: Floods

John Winchester (
Thu, 26 Oct 2000 12:40:52 -0600

Robert Jarrett (U.S.G.S., Denver) has published research on
paleofloods that shows that in Colorado, high flows above
approximately 7500 ft are caused by snowmelt runoff, while below
7500 feet they are caused by rainfall runoff (yes, including the Big
Thompson flood).

If that's the case, Barker Reservoir (8200 ft) does nothing to protect
Boulder from floods resulting from thunderstorms (not to mention
that it's not operated as a flood control reservoir anyway).

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