Collection: Flood of 2013

These interviews document the experiences of residents, first responders, governmental officials, and others during and after the Flood of 2013. Boulder County was particularly hard hit. The storm dropped 17.5 inches of rain in the county between September 9 and September 16. The resultant flooding stranded whole communities, damaged150 miles of road, destroyed 345 houses, damaged another 557 houses, and was responsible for four deaths. This collection is a long-term project; we began interviewing late in 2013 and expect to continue to add interviews for a period of years. Check back for new interviews from time to time.

Aiken, Paul – oh1982
Interview Date: August 6, 2014

Paul Aiken, photo editor at the Daily Camera, shares his experiences and observations of the September 2013 flood in Boulder County.  He describes the challenges related to traveling in dangerous flood conditions in order to capture photos to publish in … Continue reading

Army Helicopter Evacuations (Flood of 2013) – OH1975
Interview Date: 13 June 2014

Army helicopter pilots and crew members from Fort Carson who took part in the evacuation mission during the Boulder flood in 2013 speak with KGNU’s Richard Kiefer. They describe the equipment used, the conditions under which the evacuations took place, … Continue reading

Brennan, Charlie – OH 1984
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Charlie Brennan, the science and environmental reporter for the Daily Camera newspaper, describes covering the Boulder County Flood of 2013. He talks about his approach to reporting about the flood, contacts he used to obtain information that would help readers … Continue reading

Brown, Margaret (Peg) – OH1986
Interview Date: August 21, 2014

Peg Brown relates her experience of having her and her partner’s house flood during the Boulder County Flood of 2013. She describes the flood itself, evacuation from her neighborhood, returning to survey the damage, how she and her family members … Continue reading

Chinatti, Howard and Shannon – OH2006
Interview Date: 11/22/2014

When the South Boulder Creek drainage flooded during the Boulder County Flood of 2013, flowing water broke through Shannon and Howard Chinatti’s basement window and filled that level of their house with seven feet of water.  Shannon was alone at … Continue reading

Cole, Sharon – OH1962
Interview Date: May 28, 2014

Sharon Cole, who lost one home to the Fourmile Fire in 2010 and then experienced major damage to another house in Fourmile Canyon in which she lived at the time of the Flood of 2013, gives an eyewitness account of … Continue reading

Cook, Kay and Burger, Douglas – OH1906
Interview Date: December 18, 2013

Kay Cook and Doug Burger relate their experiences during the 2013 Boulder flood. Kay and Doug were living in the small mountain community of Salina, Colorado, at the time. They describe the way their experience of the flood unfolded as … Continue reading

Crawford, John P. (Crif) and Palmer, A.R. (Pete) – OH 1915
Interview Date: January 19, 1015

Crif Crawford and Pete Palmer, residents of the Frasier Meadows retirement community in Boulder, Colorado, present their findings of how and why the flood of September 2013 impacted the retirement community. Their unofficial investigation uncovers some unexpected information about the … Continue reading

Domenico, Cindy – OH 1954
Interview Date: April 2014

Cindy Domenico, Chair of the Boulder County Commissioners, talks about both the Flood of 2013 and flood recovery efforts six months after the flood. She discusses the extent of the damage caused by the flood, details the recovery work that … Continue reading

Dominguez, Harold – OH1925
Interview Date: December 20, 2013

Harold Dominguez, the city manager of Longmont, was born in Lubbock, Texas, in 1972 and grew up in the nearby town of Sundown. He talks about his upbringing and the people in his family who were mentors for him. After … Continue reading

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