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Colorado Floods

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by ArgentineSteel, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. ArgentineSteel

    ArgentineSteel Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    Quote seen in the reporting
    “This … is not an ordinary disaster,” Sheriff Pelle said, in reference to walls of water that were tearing at mountainsides and canyons, The Associated Press reported. “All the preparations in the world … can’t put people up those canyons while these walls of water are coming down.”

    Read more: Boulder, Colo., bolts, as 30-foot ?surge of water, mud, rocks' slides toward city - Washington Times
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    No Disaster is "ordinary". Things happen outside your experience and outside the planning capabilities of the community where you live. It's part of the definition.

    That said, flash floods are a known problem in these mountain communities. This event is an extreme example of a known threat vector. What plans had the Sheriff and disaster planers made for a typical flood? Where did the plan fail for this event? How do we change the plan to overcome these issues?
     
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  2. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The floods are much more severe now due to the denuded hillsides from forest fires! I'm guessing that none of their plans went far enough and that the real problem is the lack of resources that these small, cash strapped county's and municipalities have available. It's a heartbreaker.
     
  3. ArgentineSteel

    ArgentineSteel Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    Yeah I lived in Colorado for many years and I'm familiar with all these little towns.
     
  4. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The real problem is the American people and their totally incompetent governments and their " It can never happen to me" attitudes. If is does happen, the government will come along and bail our ***#s out and everything will be fine.

    See how far that has got them.
     
  5. beavertonbuck

    beavertonbuck Beaverton Active Member

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    I am in Colorado right now so it's wall to wall coverage. My take is that this wasn't a slow build up of rain but one large deluge. Once it started there was nothing to be done as the roads and bridges in some places are underwater or just gone. You either need to be ready to leave behind your entire life and get out before it hits or have high ground where you can shelter in place. Another issue is sanitation. There is a small community that while not severely flooded had the water treatment plant compromised and an order has come out to not flush the toilets for ten days.
     
  6. coastal steelheader

    coastal steelheader Aberdeen Well-Known Member

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    I'm awestruck watching the coverage, it's unbelievable how much rain fell and how quickly the water rose.