Record Flooding Along South Platte and Platte Rivers
Historical rains fell across the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains September 9-15th, 2013. These rains, which totaled over the yearly average across portions of this area fell at rates of over 2 inches per hour at times which caused drastic flash flooding and river flooding. Total values through the seven days amounted up to 17 inches where the heaviest amounts were measured. These extreme amounts were more localized, however a large part of the area received greater than 8 inches in these seven days. See graphics below, courtesy of NWS Boulder.
For more information on the events that lead to the record river flooding across Nebraska see the following link from Climate.gov - Historic Rainfall and Floods across Colorado The NWS Boulder has a full write up on the meteorological scenario that caused the flooding.
For more information on the events that lead to the record river flooding across Nebraska see the following link from Climate.gov - Historic Rainfall and Floods across Colorado
The NWS Boulder has a full write up on the meteorological scenario that caused the flooding.
The heavy rains largely fell in the South Platte River Basin (see graphic below), therefore these extreme amounts of water were routed downstream through the South Platte and Platte River systems through the following weeks.
Across Colorado, the extreme amounts of water caused historic flooding along the South Platte River and its tributaries. Many towns and lands along the river were inundated with water which caused great amounts of damage to infrastructure, farmland, and personal property.
The flood waters began to move through the South Platte River into Nebraska on Tuesday, September 17th, with significant rises beginning across Deuel County on the 18th. Rises continued downstream through the next week, as the river gage at Roscoe, in central Keith County rose above flood stage the 19th and at the river gage at North Platte in the early morning hours of the 21st. The flood waters then entered into the main stem of the Platte river just east of North Platte and continued downstream. Flooding occurred along the Platte River across eastern Lincoln county, with the river gage at Brady rising above flood stage the afternoon of the 21st. Rises of up to a foot an hour were observed as the flood waters moved through the river channel. Flooding continued along all portions of these two rivers for roughly a week, while elevated flows continued through the first part of October due the great amounts of water to move through the river system.
Before and During the Flood
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