Colorado: Record Wildfires Record Floods in “Thousand Year Flood”

Mojo Nature Goes About Her Cleansing With 1,000 Year FloodFire | Flood | Fire

Approx half of expected annual rainfall fell in a few days, following a summer of drought
Record rains continued falling the Denver/Boulder area on Sept 13, 2013 as flash floods barreled down creeks and rivers, cutting off sections of the urban areas and washing cars and people away. A minimum of eight people are dead. Approximately 12,000 people were evacuated from Denver and smaller towns outside the metro area, including Lyons, where the National Guard was called in.

Massive loss of tree cover exacerbated record rainfall

Although the extreme rainfall would have been devastating under any conditions, the loss of forest cover throughout Colorado has magnified the effects of the heavy and prolonged rainfall. The Waldo Canyon fire of 2012 was especially damaging. Expect the Fire | Flood | Fire cycle to continue: As the warming climate weakens forests in the West, trees are more susceptible to pine beetles and other pests, and less able to resist the effects of wildfires. Colorado ranks fourth in population growth among U.S. states.

NEW MEXICO: The record breaking drought in New Mexico has driven farmers to sell their water rights to the oil and gas industry for fracking, in many cases pumping aquifers dry. New methods of hydrofracking require millions of gallons of water per well. This is the beginning of a horror story that will last for centuries.

OKLAHOMA: Meanwhile, Oklahoma, which has experienced some relief over the summer, is slipping back into the clutches of the worst drought in history. How about that, Senator Inhofe.

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