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.

Gerstle, George – OH1909
Interview Date: October 30, 2013

George Gerstle, the director of the Boulder County Transportation Department, discusses the condition of county roads as a result of the September 2013 floods. He identifies county roads and bridges that experienced significant damage and discusses the immediate and long-term … Continue reading

Gibson, Bret – OH1918
Interview Date: January 28, 2014

Bret Gibson, resident and business owner in Fourmile Canyon, was serving as fire chief of the Fourmile Fire Department during the devastating flood in September, 2013.  Bret describes the unfolding of the event, beginning with the first night of heavy … Continue reading

Gonzales, Caroline (Carrie) – OH1950
Interview Date: April 3, 2014

Carrie Gonzales tells the story of evacuating her mobile home—where she had lived for about 25 years—during the Boulder County Flood of 2013. Her home was one of many that flooded, leaving her and neighbors stranded at the elementary school … Continue reading

Haertling, Joel – OH1924
Interview Date: February 4, 2014

Joel Haertling, the director of the Cinema Program at the Boulder Public Library discusses his experiences during and perceptions of the September 2013 flood. He also discusses previous floods; the need for flood mitigation; his career; his parents, Boulder architect … Continue reading

Hanczaryk, Katie and Weed, Travis – OH1907
Interview Date: December 31,2013

Katie Hanczaryk and Travis Weed talk about the flooding during the September 2013 floods at the Frasier Meadows retirement community, where they are staff members. They describe the flooding and evacuation of residents from the assisted living wing, where the … Continue reading

Helicopter Rescue Pilots for the Flood of 2013 – OH1969
Interview Date: 14 June 2014

Interviewees include Tyler Smith, Eric Carlson, Steven Wheeler, and Robert Ault. In this radio program, U.S. Army personnel and crew members of Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters speak of their experience during the Boulder 2013 flood rescue mission during which they … Continue reading

Hollingshead, Kit – OH2001
Interview Date: October 14, 2014

Kit Hollingshead talks about the Boulder County Flood of 2013 and the flooding that occurred when Two Mile Creek overflowed its banks on Spring Valley Road, causing water to come up from drains and fixtures in his house. He vividly … Continue reading

Hollweg, Karen – oh1997
Interview Date: September 30, 1914

Karen Hollweg relates her experiences during the Boulder County Flood of 2013 from the point of view of a townhouse owner in the Shanahan Ridge neighborhood in Southwest Boulder. Residents of this neighborhood found themselves unexpectedly battling water pooling outside … Continue reading

Kimmett, David – OH1922
Interview Date: January 31, 2014

David Kimmett describes his experience commuting to and from work by bicycle in Longmont, Colorado, on September 12, 2013, in the midst of the widespread flooding that happened that week.  He details the state of creeks, rivers, roads and bridges … Continue reading

Lowe, Farrell D. – OH 1928
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Farrell Lowe, who was living in Pinebrook Hills at the time of the 2013 flood in Boulder County, was instrumental in helping with the rescue of Dan Frisby who was trapped after his house was collapsed by a mud-and-rockslide. In … Continue reading

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