Review of 2013 Colorado Floods
Most costly natural catastrophe in Colorado’s 138-year anniversary.
- 10 Coloradans lost their lives
- 18,147 people forced to evacuate their homes
- 21 families remain in 24 temporary housing units
- 1,852 homes destroyed, 28,363 others damaged. Total damage: $623.3 million
- 16,557 households received some level of assistance from FEMA due to damages to their homes
- 203 commercial structures destroyed and 765 commercial structures damaged
- Damage to state and local infrastructure totals $1.7 billion, including $535 million to state and local highways. All state roads impacted by floods reopened by December 1 to help get residents back into their homes and res-establish access to isolated communities. Long-term permanent repairs began in Spring 2014.
- Economic impact $555 million.
Unprecedented rainfall caused floodwaters and mudslides affecting 24 Colorado counties
- September 2013 saw twice as much precipitation in Boulder during one month than any other month since recording begin in 1893. September 2013: 18.2 inches. Average September rainfall in area: 1.6 inches.
- Exceeded not only 100-year frequencies; in a number of cases met or exceeded 500-year frequencies as well.
- National Weather Service report on September 2013 Floods.
Estimated damage totals $3 billion.
Colorado United Day of Service Saturday, September 13, 2014
Information obtained from the Colorado Recovery Office.
- Volunteer opportunities available all over the state and in flood impacted communities
- Bringing together communities to help one another in the same spirit that communities came together immediately following the floods a year ago
- Sign up to volunteer near you at coloradounited.com and flyer attached
- Concert in Lyons Colorado at 5pm with the Infamous String Dusters hosted by Oskar Blues at Bohn Park. Volunteers are invited to attend the concert after volunteering.
- Twitter: @CoUnitedServe #COUnitedDay
- Videos of impacted flood areas, Little Thompson, Lyons, Jamestown, Manitou Springs, Poudre River: http://bit.ly/1x7YmQ0