3 years since catastrophic Colorado flood

9NEWS at 6 a.m. 09/12/16.

KUSA - This week marks three years since catastrophic flooding swept through the Front Range, from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins in what experts called a 1,000-year rain and 100-year flood.

Boulder County was hit the worst, with more than nine inches of rain on Sept. 12 and 17 inches of rain by the 17th. For context, Boulder’s average precipitation for the whole year is just 20 inches.

The flood waters spread 200 miles, affecting 17 counties – and prompting Gov. John Hickenlooper to declare a disaster in 14 of them.

Nearly 2,000 people were rescued during that week, and nearly 19,000 homes were damaged. Ten people were killed.

There are still several programs that help with the cleanup efforts. There was nearly $4 billion in damage.

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