Catastrophic Damage During the Colorado Front Range Flood of September 11-13, 2013

November 09, 2013


Photographer: Bill Burton
Summary Author
: Bill Burton

Significant erosion in mountain environments occurs as a result of catastrophic events, flash floods for example. Extremely heavy rains associated with the Colorado Front Range Flood of September 11-13, 2013 severely scoured hill slopes and stream beds. Nearly 15 in (38 cm) of rain was recorded at nearby Boulder, Colorado from September 9-13. Flood waters deposited rock and soil as well as other debris in areas with gentler gradients including towns such as Jamestown, Colorado (above). This historic mining town lost 20 percent of its homes and most of its roads. The view here is looking west from the formerly grassy park in the center of town. Photo taken on September 29, 2013.

Photo details: Camera Model: Canon PowerShot G6; Lens: 7.2-28.8 mm; Focal Length: 7.1875mm; Aperture: f/4.0; Exposure Time: 0.0013 s (1/800); ISO equiv: 50; Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0.