Monday, July 31, 2006

30th Anniversary of Big Thompson Flood

On July 31, 1976, Colorado experienced its worst natural disaster in history when the Big Thompson River flooded Thompson Canyon, killing 144 people, destroying 418 homes and 52 businesses, and doing over $35,500,000 worth of damage.

What seemed to be a typical summer thunderstorm turned out to be the source of 12 inches of rain in about 4 hours, causing flash floods that swept down through the narrow Canyon.

Colorado State University Libraries' Water Resources Archive is marking the 30th anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood with an exhibit entitled "Water Through Time: An Exhibit Recalling Colorado Water Events Upon the Fifth Anniversary of the Water Resources Archive".

Browse items about the Big Thompson Flood in Chinook (the library catalog).

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