Fish Creek Road runs along the eastern edge of Estes Park, Colorado – or at least it used to. The recent record rainfall of September 2013 flooded Fish Creek proper, washing away entire segments of the roadway that runs alongside it – more than three miles of roadway, according to
Category Archive: Climate
One year ago today, a wildfire ignited near the Fern Lake trail head in Rocky Mountain National Park when careless hikers failed to extinguish their illegal campfire. Although October generally falls outside of the “fire season” in Colorado, 2012 had already been a record year for drought and wildfire, and the landscape was exceedingly dry and vulnerable to a spark. This autumn fire set off alarm bells for fire managers and climatologists, burning into the winter, growing by three miles in 35 minutes in December and smoldering under the snow long into the springtime. Finally, on June 25, 2013 officials declared the fire out, but warned that if conditions did not change, Coloradans could expect more anomalous, overwintering, long-burning, smoldering wildfires.
This film of still images by Chris Carruth depicts scenes from the first day of the 2013 flood in Boulder, Colorado. The audio is from the sounds of Boulder Creek, at the base of Boulder Canyon, still flowing much higher and faster than normal nearly a week after the flooding.
Carruth, a graduate of the CU ATLAS Institute (2013) is an avid photographer with a passion for covering environmental issues.
Carruth lives and works in Boulder, and spent most of the floods on a friend’s couch, waiting for the water in his basement to subside.
CU Center for Environmental Journalism and The Boulder Stand Report on Colorado Flood for Time Magazine
When last week’s historical rainfall and flooding hit Boulder and the northern Front Range of Colorado, the entire community was paying attention.
And this is a community of climatologists, ecologists, hydrologists and other scientific experts, as well as seasoned environmental reporters – no strangers to unprecedented natural disasters.
Tom Yulsman and Michael Kodas, director and assistant director at the CU Center for Environmental Journalism, were among those reporters, and soon found themselves on the ground covering the effects of the flooding for Time Magazine. With additional reporting from The Boulder Stand co-editor Christi Turner, Yulsman, Kodas and the CEJ published an in-depth piece on the flood, the science behind it and the people left in its wake.