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Colorado Floods Set 24-Hour Rainfall Record: 11.85 Inches

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DEARFIELD, CO - SEPTEMBER 14:  Allison Wold of Denver, Colorado and her nephew, Jack Wold, take in a flooded ranch home with John Brinckerhoff, also of Denver after heavy flooding September 14, 2013 near Dearfield, Colorado. They were trying to cross County Road 87 to get to some family property but couldn't because of the flooding. Heavy rains for the better part of week fueled widespread flooding in numerous Colorado towns. he historic flooding forced thousands to evacuate the area and more rain is predicted through the weekend.  (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

DEARFIELD, CO – SEPTEMBER 14: Allison Wold of Denver, Colorado and her nephew, Jack Wold, take in a flooded ranch home with John Brinckerhoff, also of Denver after heavy flooding September 14, 2013 near Dearfield, Colorado. They were trying to cross County Road 87 to get to some family property but couldn’t because of the flooding. Heavy rains for the better part of week fueled widespread flooding in numerous Colorado towns. he historic flooding forced thousands to evacuate the area and more rain is predicted through the weekend. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado is poised to get a new rainfall record because of September’s flooding.

While that may not be very surprising, the location of the record is.

Weather experts announced Monday that they’ve confirmed that 11.85 inches of rain fell over 24 hours at a rain gauge at Fort Carson on Sept. 12, 2013. More than two-thirds of that fell in over just three hours.

While northern Colorado had more total rain over a larger area in September, state climatologist Nolan Doesken says no official record is kept for most rainfall in a week.

The new proposed record breaks the previous one-day, official rainfall total of 11.08 inches in Holly in 1965.

The National Climate Data Center must approve the new record before it goes into the books.

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