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Talk on Colorado floods @ Woods Hole Public Library

When: Wed Feb 26th
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: 581 Woods Hole Road

Rolland Fischer, who splits his year between Woods Hole and Boulder, Colorado, will speak and show slides at the Woods Hole Public Library  about the devastating floods in Colorado’s Front Range last September. Previously, Mr. Fischer, who has been involved in the recovery operation after both catastrophes, spoke at the Library about the wildfires that swept the mountains above Boulder in the summer of 2012.

The rains fell on Colorado from September 9-15, 2013, dropping 9.08 inches on Boulder County on September 12 alone. By September 15, Boulder County, the worst-hit area of all, had received 17 inches, all this rain in a place where the annual rainfall is 20.7 inches.By the time the rain stopped, the flood waters stretched over 200 miles, inundating farms, ranches, towns and the city of Boulder. Roads and bridges washed out. This was the heaviest rainfall Colorado has ever seen. More than 1,500 homes were destroyed, an additional 19,000 damaged, and numerous cars washed away. At least 30 state highway bridges were destroyed with another 20 seriously damaged. Miles of rail lines were washed out. Making matters worse, there was also contamination by both sewage systems and oil and gas storage facilities.

The public is welcome to attend this free event. For more information, call the library at 508-548-8961 or visit www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org.

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