Colorado Floods Visible On NASA Space Images
Intense rainfall in northern and eastern Colorado brought widespread, destructive flooding in mid-September 2013. Local citizens reported as much as 18 inches (46 centimeters) of rain from September 9 to 15, with some of the heaviest accumulation along the front range of the Rocky Mountains.
A break in the precipitation allowed the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite to acquire the top image of the floods on September 14. The lower image, taken by Terra MODIS on September 7, 2013, shows the region before the rains began.
The South Platte River and its tributaries are swollen in the September 14 image. The South Platte peaked at 18.79 feet (5.73 meters) immediately east of Greeley on September 13 and was beginning to fall when the image was taken. Flood stage is 10 feet (3 meters).
Flooding throughout Colorado has forced the evacuation of 11,750 people. Five people had died and 1,253 were missing as of September 15, according to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management. Many roads shown in image area are closed. U.S. President Obama issued a disaster declaration for 15 counties in Colorado. -- NASA
Colorado Office of Emergency Management (2013, September 15) State EOC: Publis information status report.
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (2013, September 16) List multi-day precipitation reports.