Fatal floods in Colorado

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Tara Shahrvini, Staff Writer

In the aftermath of the Colorado floods, eight people died, three are presumed to be dead, and hundreds are still missing.

The excessive rain and flooding started Sept. 12 and destroyed homes, roads, and buildings. Property losses  and damages have exceeded $1 billion.

Students at Carlmont with family in Colorado described the challenges that their relatives face.

Sophomore Morgan Watson said, “My aunt and uncle live in Boulder, Colorado. Even though their house wasn’t damaged, they know people who have to cope with their losses and damages.”

When the record-setting rain fell last week, Colorado’s canyons became the victims of relentless rain pounding down. The area’s usual humid air strengthened and prolonged the storm. Now, runoff is making its way into Colorado’s neighboring state, Nebraska.

Sophomore Nathan Kinsey said, “I am really sad because my family lives there and we know people who are injured. I can’t believe this happened.”

Longmont, Evans, Boulder, and parts of Denver were effected the most. Rivers in Longmont and Evans overflowed and rushed into residential streets. In Evans, a trailer parks flooded and moved many units. Residents walked in waist deep water carrying their belongings to shelter.

When junior Jessica de Jager found out about the floods she said, “Wow. I can’t believe this is happening already. Fall isn’t even here yet.”

With the Colorado floods occurring so early in the rainy season, many people are wondering how rough winter will prove to be.

 

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