(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.