According to some experts including internationally
reknown expert Dr. Gilbert White, the Boulder Creek drainage is considered
among the most hazardous in the entire western United States due to
the extensive development along the corridor and the potential for property
destruction and loss of human life. While much has been done to map,
mitigate and prepare for such an flood events, there are many businesses,
schools and houses in the floodplains of Boulder Creek and its tributaries.
In addition, floods are natorious for not following official flood maps,
which are created primarily for flood insurance purposes.
Major storm events causing severe flooding have occurred
in recent years near the Boulder area -- through the Big Thompson Canyon
on July 31, 1976, along Buffalo Creek,
a tributary of the South Platte, July 12, 1996, and in Fort
Collins on July 28, 1997.
Sooner or later, perhaps not in our lifetimes, there
will be a major flood event bigger than the 1894 flood along Boulder
Creek or the 1939 flood along South Boulder Creek. What we can do now
is to we aware and prepared for the inevitable. (See BASIN
Gallery for historic photos of these floods).
In future months we plan to offer the real-time flood
warning information you will be able to access directly through BASIN
that Emergency Managers use to prepare for and predict flash floods.