Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
600 AM CDT THU JUL 31 2014

...ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...

IN 1976...THE BIG THOMPSON CANYON FLASH FLOOD UNLEASHED A
NIGHT OF TERROR IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES FROM NEAR ESTES
PARK DOWN THE CANYON AROUND 25 MILES TO LOVELAND.  CAUSED
BY STATIONARY THUNDERSTORMS THAT PRODUCED AROUND 1 FOOT
OF RAIN IN ABOUT 3 HOURS THAT FUNNELED INTO THE NARROW
CANYON...THE HORRIFIC FLASH FLOOD PRODUCED A WALL OF
WATER NEARLY 20 FEET HIGH THAT CARRIED 10 FOOT BOULDERS
ALONG THE WAVE FRONT AS IT SPED THROUGH THE CANYON.  IN 2
HOURS...THE FLASH FLOOD DESTROYED 10 MILES OF HIGHWAY
34...KILLED 145...OF WHICH 6 WHO WERE NEVER
FOUND...DESTROYED 418 HOUSES...DAMAGED 138 OTHERS AND
DESTROYED 152 BUSINESSES.  DAMAGES TOTALED AROUND $40
MILLION.

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