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.

Lowe, Farrell D. – OH 1928
Interview Date:

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

Pelle, Joe – OH1910
Interview Date: December 10, 2013

Joe Pelle talks about some of the events and issues that have presented challenges for the sheriff’s office recently and going in to the near future, including the Flood of 2013 and its aftermath, gun control laws, the use of … Continue reading

Phillips, Marjory – OH0566
Interview Date: 1991

People: Marjory Phillips.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: Boulder County Courthouse fire; business enterprises; disasters, Pearl Street.  

Rasmussen, Brian Daniel – OH2014
Interview Date: 16 March 2015

Brian Rasmussen tells of his experiences during the Boulder County flood of 2013, when he lived in Fourmile Canyon. He describes the road and land conditions in the area of Fourmile Canyon and Wallstreet during and after the flooding. He … Continue reading

Ritzen, Robert (Bob) – oh1998
Interview Date: October 2, 2014

Bob Ritzen, the chaplain for Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, describes the severe flooding experienced by Frasier Meadows during the Boulder County Flood of 2013 and the collaborative efforts of staff and residents to evacuate, care for, and resettle the many … Continue reading

Rivers, Cathy – OH1951
Interview Date: April 2, 2014

Cathy Rivers moved to Lyons in April, 1998. She is an artist and owns her business called Rivers Colorworks and Design. She is a community-minded person that has contributed her talents to Lyons. After being displaced during the flood of … Continue reading

Schoedinger, Tara – OH1944
Interview Date: October 20, 2013

Tara Schoedinger, mayor of Jamestown, describes the flooding of the town during the September 2013 floods and the community’s efforts at recovery. This interview was recorded less than a month after the catastrophic flooding, which destroyed many houses and roads … Continue reading

Search & Rescue Teams – OH1911
Interview Date: October 30, 2013

This recording contains interviews with Jennifer Bevan and Robert Conrad from Utah Task Force 1 search and rescue team and Niko King, who works with an Incident Support Team. Rescue Squad Officer Jen Bevan talks about what they are trained … Continue reading

Sebastian, Matt – OH1981
Interview Date: 5 August 2014

Matt Sebastian, city editor of the Boulder Daily Camera, recounts his experience during the September 2013 flood. In this interview, he talks about: the importance of social media; the decisions that an editor has to make in weighing the safety … Continue reading

Sturgeon, Larry – OH1952
Interview Date: April 4, 2014

Larry Sturgeon discusses his work in conducting housing inspections after the Boulder flood of September 2013. He discusses a range of subjects including the declaration of a federal disaster, the role of FEMA in nationally declared disasters, and the elements … Continue reading

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