In the Boulder Area

Digging out from a debris flow in Boulder Canyon at Sunnyside caused by flooding that followed the Black Tiger Fire in July, 1989. One house spared by the fire was destroyed by the debris flow. Photograph courtesy of Barbara Lawlor of the Mountain Ear.

Flash flooding on many front range tributaries can be more that just rushing water. Debris in the form of trees, sand, gravel, cobbles, boulders and other materials can wreck havoc in flood areas that may be dry streambeds most of the year. Following are links to more information on debris flows:

Boulder Creek Flood Potential:

Examples of International Water Management

Additional Links

  • Population and Wealth, More than Climate, Drive Soaring Costs of U.S. Flood Damage: NCAR Press Release
  • Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado
  • Boulder Creek Flood Notebook
  • City of Boulder Flood Preparedness
  • Big Thompson Flood, Twenty Years Later by Eve Gruntfest
  • Jefferson County Buffalo Creek Flashflood of 1996.
  • Buffalo Creek Fire and Flood
  • Denver Water's Buffalo Creek Fire and Flood
  • Bobcat Fire Aftermath: Road in fire area turns to river from August 17, 200 Denver Post
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Floodplain Management Association
  • National Hydrologic Warning Council
  • Southwestern Association of ALERT Systems
  • Urban Drainage and Flood Control District
  • National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agenices
  • United States Geological Survey Flood Information
  • National Weather Service Office of Hydrology
  • National Weather Service Integrated Flood Observing and Warning System
  • Is the Boulder area prone to floods? Why?

    How can we prepare for floods?

    Is flooding worst in post-fire areas?

    Oct. 26 will be a day of discussion of floods and the reality of living in a region prone to powerful flashflood events. Be sure to join the discussion and give us your opinions.

    For more information on floods, try these resources on BASIN:

    Also see BASIN History: History of Flash Floods in the Boulder Area

    Boating on Boulder Creek at 12th Street (now Broadway) on June 1, 1894. Copyright and used by permission of the Denver Public Library

    Water Street, now Canyon Blvd. in Boulder during 1894 flood. Photo copyright by and used by permission of Denver Public Library.

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