South Platte River
Emergency management officials used four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles to survey the damage on Wednesday after water from the swollen South Platte River in northeastern Colorado inundated homes in the tiny community of Messex after a breach in a levee.
It was 50 years ago that 21 people were killed when water tore through the South Platte River basin on the Front Range and poured into the Eastern Plains. The devastating flood also led to the creation of a reservoir system.
A breach in a levee along the South Platte River in northeastern Colorado has prompted the evacuation of the tiny town of Messex.
Recent heavy rain combined with the melting of an above-average snow pack in the South Platte River Basin have pushed water levels at Chatfield Reservoir to near historic levels.
Rising flood waters at Chatfield Reservoir closed a main park road overnight and it remained closed on Sunday. A number of park facilities are also closed.
A driver who told authorities his car had been stolen after they discovered it trapped in a surging river behind a barricade has been accused of disregarding traffic control laws.
Recreation bans and flood warnings have been issued for several Colorado rivers and streams because high water made it too dangerous for swimmers, people on inner tubes and rescuers.
Torrential rain that dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain in and next to Colorado’s Front Range finally stopped in the Denver metro area on Friday at midday.
Emergency responders are preparing for the possibility of flooding along the Front Range as more precipitation is expected and a Flash Flood watch remains in effect for that area through Friday morning.
As the temperatures rise, the increased snow melt in the mountains is causing concern along the South Platte River where the water is threatening a bridge.