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Jefferson & Douglas Counties Close South Platte River

In light of the dangerous high waters, Jefferson and Douglas counties are closing the South Platte River.


Messex flooding in June (credit: Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)

Damage Review Underway Following Levee Breach Near Messex

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.


South Platte River flooding in 1965 (credit: CBS)

Deadly Flooding Prompted Improvements Along South Platte

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.


Messex flooding in June (credit: Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)

Breached Levee Prompts Evacuation Of Tiny Colorado Town Of Messex

A breach in a levee along the South Platte River in northeastern Colorado has prompted the evacuation of the tiny town of Messex.


High water at Chatfield on May 21 (credit: CBS)

Water Close To A Record At Dam Built After 1965 Denver Flood

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.


Flooding at Chatfield Reservoir (credit: CBS)

Flooding At Chatfield Reservoir Gives Boaters More Options

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.


South Platte River (credit: CBS)

Man Reports Car Stolen After Vehicle Gets Stuck In River

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.


Clear Creek (credit: CBS)

Restrictions In Place As Some Colorado Rivers Run High

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.


Andy Layden took this photo Thursday night during the rainstorm in Sun Country Meadows, north of Elizabeth. He wrote: "I measured 4” of Rain in 50 Minutes between 510 and 6pm We received another 1.375” of rain from 6pm through 6:30 am today." (credit: Andy Layden)

Colorado Rainfall Measured At Up To 4 Inches In Some Areas

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.


(credit: CBS)

Emergency Crews Ready For Rising Waters, Possible Flooding

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.




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