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Sep 16, 2013
Eli on the FA of Grizzly (M9) at the Den.
Start of the destruction on US Hwy 36 just below t...
Start of the destruction on US Hwy 36 just below the Big Elk Meadows turnoff.
Eli Helmuth
From Estes Park, CO
Joined Aug 12, 2001
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Sep 16, 2013
Since there seems to be a fair bit of uncertainty about where to find reliable data on river levels, here's the beta:

The USGS keeps up-to-date flow data based on automated gauges. This is the best and most reliable source of this info. Their web interface is quite easy to use as well. Here is their index of all gauges in Colorado: aterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/curr...

Here is a link to the gauge for Boulder Creek, in town in Boulder (there is also another gauge lower down, in Longmont) aterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?... It looks like Boulder Creek flows, in town, peaked out at about 5,000 cfs. Right now (mid-morning monday) they are at 2,270 cfs.
JCM
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
53 points
Sep 16, 2013
Also of interest, here is the gauge for the Big Thompson at the Loveland gauge. The chart shows a huge spike in flows on Sept 12th (Thursday), and then records stop. It looks like the flood blew out the gauge. aterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv/?...

Similar story with St Vrain at the Longmont gauge. aterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv/?...
JCM
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
53 points
Sep 16, 2013
JCM wrote:
Also of interest, here is the gauge for the Big Thompson at the Loveland gauge. The chart shows a huge spike in flows on Sept 12th (Thursday), and then records stop. It looks like the flood blew out the gauge. aterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv/?...


I don't know about that gauge, but the one directly upstream from the Dam Store right along Highway 34 is gonzo. The concrete structure is just gone. Insane.

Hopefully, the siphon that goes over the road in the same vicinity doesn't come down. If the footings are compromised, it could be more bad news. Looks like they are pretty firmly anchored in the bedrock, though, hopefully.

Highway 34 really looks bad. Washed out, debris... you know the story.

Steve
Yagi
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Feb 22, 2010
1 points
Sep 17, 2013
Many gauges appear to have been blown out, or are beyond their rating curve (used to extrapolate flow from gauge height).
You can find just about every active gauge in the state here:
dwr.state.co.us/Surfacewater/d...

From the Fort Morgan Gauge on the S. Platte:

Fort Morgan gauging station.
Fort Morgan gauging station.



From the mouth of the Big Thompson at La Salle:


Big T.
Big T.


Boulder Creek at 75th

Boulder Creek.
Boulder Creek.


Boulder Creek at Orodell (above 4 mile canyon, much less flooding)

Oodell.
Oodell.
TBlom
Joined Jun 29, 2004
340 points
Sep 17, 2013
I was on the phone w my brother in denver the other day making plans for my trip out to visit this week. He said it was raining hard that day but we didn't know it would turn out like this. I hope everyone is getting by all right...

We were making plans to go out to RMNP and hopefully get in an alpine route..., I see the park is closed and in pretty rough shape. The pictures from boulder canyon are pretty intense too. At this point, Is it silly to even bother bringing my rack out with me? Is there anything accessible and in climb able shape coming from the Denver area? Or should we just plan on visiting the Denver brewpubs instead? I'm coming out this Thursday and staying thru the weekend...

Thanks! Good luck to everyone out there...
golder
From Asheville, NC
Joined Sep 27, 2012
0 points
Sep 17, 2013
black nasty
I would say go to brew pubs, and climb either far south or north. (Woo, of Shelf)

Boulder canyon is closed (the road) same goes for RMNP. All roads to there are gone!
The only way in and out of Estes Park is trail ridge road through the west side of Granby.

And the Natl. Park is actually closed (1 month minimum they say!)
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,175 points
Sep 17, 2013
At the BRC
golder wrote:
I was on the phone w my brother in denver the other day making plans for my trip out to visit this week. He said it was raining hard that day but we didn't know it would turn out like this. I hope everyone is getting by all right... We were making plans to go out to RMNP and hopefully get in an alpine route..., I see the park is closed and in pretty rough shape. The pictures from boulder canyon are pretty intense too. At this point, Is it silly to even bother bringing my rack out with me? Is there anything accessible and in climb able shape coming from the Denver area? Or should we just plan on visiting the Denver brewpubs instead? I'm coming out this Thursday and staying thru the weekend... Thanks! Good luck to everyone out there...


Lots of places to climb.
I'm headed to Clear Creek again today.
I believe 11 mile and most (all?) of South Platte.
If you want alpine, maybe Mt Evans? Or something like the N ridge of Quandry? Just a trace of high snow with the storm, although a cold front is predicted for later this week.

Boulder Canyon, Flatirons, RMNP are all inaccessible.


What's the worst case scenario if you bring the rack? It sits in your pack unused?
Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
Joined Nov 29, 2007
204 points
Sep 17, 2013
Please everyone out there be safe! And best of luck in putting things back together. Let us all know if there is a kickstarter account or something. GEORDILIL
Joined Aug 27, 2013
0 points
Sep 17, 2013
Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W.
Here is a low tech water level gauge conveniently located in the home in north boulder.

High water mark.
High water mark.
Greg D
From Here
Joined Apr 5, 2006
960 points
Sep 17, 2013
Stairway to Heaven
GEORDILIL wrote:
Let us all know if there is a kickstarter account or something.


I'll put in an unsolicited plug for the Boulder Climbing Community. See boulderclimbingcommunity.net. They've started a flood disaster trail repair fund to assist with rebuilding in Eldo, OSMP, Boulder Canyon & elsewhere. They're registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible.
Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Joined Jul 16, 2003
177 points
Administrator
Sep 20, 2013
Interesting report from a dad of child on my youngest's volleyball team: Boulder Canyon's road is passable for lowest ~4 miles. Then, it gets really rough. They had to get a car out that had survived the floods. They used a winch to get it across where the road used to be. Leo Paik
From Westminster, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
23,274 points


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