Big Thompson Flood

When the skies opened on July 31, 1976, few anticipated this summer storm would result in the deadliest flash flood in Colorado’s recorded history. Over twelve inches fell in a four-hour period leading to a wall of water that swept away everything from power-lines and trees to cars and homes. 144 lives were lost and another 150 were injured on this tragic day. What remain are the survivor’s stories, and a few stubborn structures displaying the evidence of nature’s impact on a man-made environment.

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