Video: Boulder, Colorado, Floods of 2013

2013 Colorado Floods Hit Close to Home

The September 2013 Colorado floods affected scores of people, and unfortunately that included staff here at Living Ready.

I want to share with you some video shot by those staff members. They demonstrate just how extensive the flooding became. I hope this footage puts your own flood preparedness into perspective. Water during a flood can look deceivingly calm.

Colorado Floods: St. Vrain River Near Boulder

The first batch of clips was recorded on Sept. 12, 2013. It shows extensive flooding of the St. Vrain River off Highway 119 near Boulder. The heavy rainfall contributed a great deal to the flooding of the area.

Normally, the St. Vrain is around 100 yards wide (300 feet). After the flood hit, the width swelled to around a quarter-mile (1,320 feet).

Colorado Floods: Bear Creek

Floods and preparednessThe next video was also shot near Boulder. It shows how much Bear Creek off Baseline Road swelled beyond its normal boundaries. Listen to the intensity of the water. It could easily carry off a person, vehicle or structure. In fact, the day after this video was shot, the culvert washed away.

Floods are serious natural disasters. If you live close to a body of water, Living Ready recommends learning how to be prepared with Disaster Prep 101 by Paul Purcell and The Prepper’s Guide to Surviving Natural Disasters by James Nowka. Both offer an in-depth look at natural disaster preparedness.