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.

Sutherland, David – OH1938
Interview Date: March 13, 2014

Dave Sutherland, interpretive naturalist with Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks, shares his experience of and insights into the September 2013 flood. He describes how the flood affected him and his home and how various parts of the city and … Continue reading

Trevino, Arthur – OH1953
Interview Date: April 5, 2014

Arthur Trevino describes the damage to his rental home in Longmont, caused by the Boulder County Flood of 2013.  Art’s experience was complicated by several factors: he had moved to Boulder only four months before the flood; during the most … Continue reading

Utterback, Mitch and Ault, Robert – OH1970
Interview Date: 14 June 2014

This interview has two narrators: Lt. Col. Mitch Utterback from the Colorado National Guard and Col. Robert Ault, U.S. Army. Utterback is the liaison to all civil authorities in Colorado, especially during a disaster. The National Guard provided aerial and … Continue reading

Vigil, Regina – OH1927
Interview Date: February, 13, 2014

Regina Vigil, a resident of Lyons, talks about her childhood in New York, going to college in Boulder, work with the Peace Corps, and experiences during the September 2013 flood. Her discussion of the flood includes descriptions of the need … Continue reading

Williams, Renee – oh1992
Interview Date: September 14,2014

Renée Williams’ house was unscathed by the flooding of Bear Creek during the Boulder County Flood of 2013—or so she thought until a day later, after rocks washed down by the flood unseated a manhole cover and blocked the sewage … Continue reading

Wischmeyer, Mark – oh1046
Interview Date: November 24, 2013

Mark Wischmeyer recalls Wednesday night, September 11, 2013, as a volunteer firefighter in EMS. The river was so deep, Jamestown was cut in half—both bridges were washed out, and all they had were fire radios to communicate. They were trapped … Continue reading

Zader, Dave – OH1971
Interview Date: 14 June, 2014

Richard Kiefer interviews Dave Zader for KGNU’s program “A Public Affair.” Dave Zader is the Wildland Fire Administrator for Boulder County, and was the air operations branch director for the Type 3 incident management team that was activated during the … Continue reading

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