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Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week In Review

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Note: March 12 through 18 is Flood and Wildfire Safety Week in Colorado. This is the seventh and final article in a series on safety and preparedness. See Friday's article here 

Colorado has more than its fair share of floods, flash floods, and wildfires. During the past week, in our effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation, we have presented information to you on how to stay safe and minimize property damage during flood and wildfire threats.

Warm, Dry Weekend Ahead

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By Chris Sorensen

While the average March is Colorado's snowiest month, this year feels more like early spring, with temperatures in the 80s this weekend and the potential to break records for this time of year.

Saturday starts off sunny, with a high around 80 in southern Colorado and an overnight low near 40.

Wildfire Safety and Mitigation

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Note: March 12 through 18 is Flood and Wildfire Safety Week in Colorado. This is the sixth article in a series on safety and preparedness. See Thursday's article here

During this Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week we have discussed floods, flash floods, and how to stay safe when flooding threatens.  We also told you that areas burned by wildfires are highly susceptible to flash floods within the first two or three years after the wildfire.

Flash Floods Have Killed Hundreds in Colorado

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Note: March 12 through 18 is Flood and Wildfire Safety Week in Colorado. This is the fourth article in a series on safety and preparedness. See Tuesday's article 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.

Flooding – Know the Risks

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Note: March 12 through 18 is Flood and Wildfire Safety Week in Colorado. This is the third article in a series on safety and preparedness. See Monday's article 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.

Flooding can be a major problem in Colorado

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Note: March 12 through 18 is Flood and Wildfire Safety Week in Colorado. This is the second article in a series on safety and preparedness. See Sunday's overview here.

In September 2013, heavy rain fell over a large area of the foothills south to the Pikes Peak Region, resulting in flash flooding. Much of the water that fell across northeast Colorado eventually ended up in the South Platte River, with major river flooding occurring from Greeley to the state line.