‹‹ Colorado Matters

How To Stay Safe As Flash Flood Threat Grows

Listen Now
11min 02sec
Hart Van Denburg/CPR News
Colorado State Patrol and CDOT crews manage evacuees coming out of the Poudre Canyon at Ted’s Place near Fort Collins after the Larimer Sheriff’s Office ordered the canyon evacuated ahead of a flash flood Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

A thunderstorm hit hillsides scarred by wildfire in Larimer County earlier this week. It caused a flash flood that raced through Poudre Canyon and killed at least one person. Last year’s fires scorched more than a half-million acres in Colorado. And rainstorms are a fact of life here. That means the threat will be with us for a while. For more on flash floods - and how to stay safe -- we spoke with meteorologist Paul Schlatter of the National Weather Service.