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Other casualty reports trickled in over the next few days, as the storm front and flooding shifted to the Arkansas Valley, prompting evacuations from Pueblo to Dodge City, Kansas.The flooding on the plains had its own moments of drama. Fourteen inches of rain fell on Dawson Butte, north of Palmer Lake, in four hours. The flood ravaged hundreds of houses and all but obliterated dozens of businesses; many never recovered. An independent agency spanning six counties, the district has become a national model of multijurisdictional coordination of floodplain management.The 1965 flood also sparked major changes to downtown Denver. Denver rail yard. By the time of the 1912 flood, the city fathers had put up retaining walls and greatly improved the channel, but it still wasn’t enough to contain the creek’s tendency to raise hell. The Westword may earn a portion of sales from products & services purchased through links on our site from our affiliate partners.We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. The South Platte River flood of 1965 was one of the worst natural disaster in Denver’s history.

In May 1864, after  several days of rain and heavy snowmelt, Cherry Creek barreled through the heart of town like a tsunami. At Alameda and Tejon, which had become an informal dock heading down into the heart of the flood, Fisher introduced himself to two police officers, Jack Peachey and Robert Bott, explaining that he had some experience boating rapids on the Colorado River. Radio reporter Bill Gagnon watched the old Hampden Avenue bridge buckle, telling listeners, “It looked like an entire lumberyard was jammed up against the bridge.” Three men watching the demolition from the riverbank found themselves chin-deep in water when the bridge collapsed.

Then the signs, the portents, became too violent to ignore.On Monday, June 14, southeast Colorado Springs was hammered by golf-ball-sized hail. Corps of Engineers Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver. It wasn’t much, but people wanted more of it. Most residents paid little attention to the river. But curiously, little was done about the South Platte itself — even though several of its other tributaries were almost as unpredictable as Cherry Creek. An equally significant development was the 1969 creation by the state legislature of the“Drainage doesn’t respect political boundaries,” says Kevin Stewart, the manager of UDFCD’s flood-warning program and information services. Flood levels were moderate to high on June 15, but surged to extremely high on the 17th. The flood of June, 16th, 1965 brought a torrent of water some 20 feet high at times down the Platte, wrecking everything in its path. A boxcar smashed into a building on South Jason Street, and firefighters watched in frustration as two warehouses caught fire, a moat of turbulent water around them.
1965. The Platte, too, went berserk now and then. This was not SPARC. The 1965 floods of the South Platte River basin swept through the Front Range and Eastern Plains of Colorado leaving 21 dead and $540 million in damage. The small, natural channels of the butte’s steep slopes couldn’t handle the runoff, so the water cut fresh ones. On June 16th, 1965 a storm gathered over Denver and an intense rain began to fall. Lou Blanc, manager of the local Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph office, was inundated with complaints of downed phone lines. No fewer than 250 drains poured directly into it, spewing storm water and salt from city streets, unknown gunk and sometimes raw sewage.

The water was ten feet deep, fifteen at some points, and the boat scraped over the tops of cars. To them, the Platte was a sorry, sickly excuse for a river, nothing at all like the Mississippi, the Missouri, the Arkansas.

June arrived gray and damp, more like a New York November than the parade of dry, sunny days and mild nights the citizens of Denver had come to expect. The flood inundated 250,000 acres of land and caused $540 Million in damages, equating to over $14 Billion in today’s dollars. Well, when you tore up a road, where did you dump the rubble?” Joe Shoemaker left the legislature and ran for mayor. That was also the storm that hit the Denver region. The unholy coupling went on for days, blotting out the sun and generating bursts of what the meteorologists called “orographic precipitation.” A few parched burgs got hosed. June 16, 1965. A 1945 study had recommended building a dam and reservoir southwest of the city, where Plum Creek converged on the Platte. Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. A 1945 study had recommended building a dam and reservoir southwest of the city, where Plum Creek converged on the Platte. Denver Fire Chief Cassio Frazzini and one of his fire captains, Robert Hyatt, tried to reach the stranded group in a rowboat.The current was too strong. It prompted the building of Chatfield Reservoir and Bear Creek Reservoir, and changed the face of the city. Family attractions, such as the Children’s Museum and Elitch’s, suddenly saw the value in locating close to the river — and so did the people behind the Pepsi Center and Coors Field. It had leapt in rank to a hundred-year flood, or even a five-hundred-year or thousand-year model, a millennial event. In all, 1,720 buildings in the city were destroyed or damaged by the flood. But the transformation of the river didn’t occur overnight, or even over a decade. Then heavy equipment from the rail yards. In the late 1960s, the Despite numerous studies and proposals, the city’s riverfront remained a grim, inaccessible place for several years after the flood. In all, 1,720 buildings in the city were destroyed or damaged by the flood.
This June marks not only the fiftieth anniversary of the flood, but Jeff’s 34th year with the Greenway Foundation. They took on three passengers and headed back to the Tejon dock. Dennis Bauer is a Denver native who has spent the past 20 years working as a teacher.

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