This Day In Weather History
Weather History for Thursday, July 31st, 2014:
In 1976, the Big Thompson Canyon Flash Flood unleashed a night of terror in the Colorado Rockies from near Estes Park down the canyon around 25 miles to Loveland. Caused by stationary thunderstorms that produced around 1 foot of rain in about 3 hours that funneled into the narrow canyon, the horrific flash flood produced a wall of water nearly 20 feet high that carried 10 foot boulders along the wave front as it sped through the canyon. In 2 hours, the flash flood destroyed 10 miles of Highway 34, killed 145, of which 6 who were never found, destroyed 418 houses, damaged 138 others and destroyed 152 businesses. Damages totaled around $40 million.