DENVER (CBS4) – September of 2013 may have just ended on a warm and dry note, but it will forever be remembered for the heavy, life changing rain that led to severe flooding in Colorado.

This was a month for the record books, particularly in Boulder. In a normal year there’s about 20 inches of rainfall in the city. In the single, mid-month storm about 18 inches of liquid water fell. That storm started on the night of Sept. 11 and lasted for about five days.

Thanks (or no thanks, really) to the rain, Boulder new has new records for the books. So far this year the city has received 31.12 inches of water. The previous record, set in 1995, was 29.47 inches.

Also, when Boulder Creek crested during the flooding on Sept. 12 at 7.78 feet those water levels rose to higher than they’ve ever been before using modern gauging systems.

As far as the official record-keeping in Denver goes, the average Denver rainfall total is .92 inches for the month of September. A total of 5.61 inches fell in Denver in September 2013.

The average moisture for the year is 12.28 in Denver. This year so far Denver has seen 16.36 inches. Last year the rainfall total for the year was 8.35 inches, so this year we’ve already nearly doubled that.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.


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