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Flash Floods and Warnings

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(Fourth in a week-long series on flood and fire issues in Colorado. Tuesday's article can be found here.)

Flash floods are no strangers to Colorado. Since the year 1900, nearly 300 people have been killed in flash floods across the Centennial State.  

In terms of lives lost, the worst flash flood occurred on July 31, 1976 in the Big Thompson Canyon between Estes Park and Loveland. A nearly stationary storm produced around 12 inches of rain within 4 hours, claiming 144 lives.

Banks Warn Customers About Text Message Scams

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Bankers across Colorado are warning their customers to beware of a phishing scam that could compromise their personal information - and their finances.

Fraud departments at a handful of banks report of a number of customers receiving a text message to their cell phones, alerting them to alleged fraudulent activity and urging them to update their profile information with their bank, using a provided link.

Hickenlooper Orders Flags Lowered to Honor Belgium Attack Victims

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today (Tuesday, March 22, 2016) ordered flags be flown at half-staff on all public buildings statewide beginning immediately until sunset, Saturday, March 26, 2016, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama.

The full text of the president's proclamation:

 

IN HONOR OF THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

 

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
A PROCLAMATION

Like Flash Floods, River Flooding Also a Risk in Colorado

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(Third in a week-long series on flood and fire issues in Colorado. Monday's article can be found here.)

Today's topic during this Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week is flooding which develops in the time frame of longer than 6 hours to several days.

There have been some notable floods across the Centennial State:

In early June of 1921, a flood along the Arkansas River devastated the City of Pueblo. Scores of drownings occurred.

Lamar Community College Hosting Career Expo

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Lamar Community College's annual Career Expo will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 9:00am until noon in the LCC Wellness Center located at 2401 South Main Street.  The Career Expo serves as part career exploration, part career fair for the community.  Lamar Community College students and community members are invited and encouraged to attend in addition to area high schools visiting.

Fire Risk Then Snow for Kiowa County Tuesday

UPDATE: The Red Flag Warning has been extended two hours - from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday)

Spring has started with a mixed bag of weather conditions forecast for the week.

Tuesday (March 22, 2016) will see a Red Flag Warning for the elevated fire danger throughout the afternoon as temperatures approach 80 degrees, humidity drops and southwest winds reach 25 miles per hour. In some portions of southeast Colorado, winds could gust to 45 mph.

By Tuesday night, a chance of rain sets in until 4:00 a.m. before turning to snow.