8 devastating flash floods

A flash flood can instantly transform a dry landscape into a fearsome river in just a few hours or, in some cases, minutes. These torrents appear when heavy rainfall or snowmelt encounters a saturated aquifer or ground that is too hard to absorb the moisture. Here are eight examples, some as recent as July, of wild running water’s tragic power.

Text by Crai S. Bower | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Oct 23, 2013 10:52AM
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Cars??? In 1889? Wow, there must have been a huge amount of traffic from Automobiles back then! YIKES!

 

Sep 14, 2013 12:44AM
Sep 13, 2013 11:33PM
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I realize this article doesn't cover all the big flash floods, but the Rapid City, SD flood of 1972 was one of the biggest in deaths in the US.
Sep 13, 2013 10:09PM
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Al Gore, where are you?  Wow, the ice cap has grown under your global warming, must be a mistake by your educated guess?  And you have a degree from where?  And what in?  LOL.
Sep 13, 2013 9:46PM
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Mr. Bower needs to do some research on the Johnstown flood.  His facts are wrong.  Even though in 1889 the dam was lowered 2 feet ..was not for CARS but to make the roadway wider (17 feet wide) for wagons and buggies.  Another fact that is incorrect is the 1977 flood statement.  The South Fork dam could not of broken again because it was never rebuilt.  Instead Johnstown got almost 12 inches of rain in 10 hours and it caused 6 smaller  dams in the surrounding areas to overflow or fail.   
Sep 13, 2013 8:59PM
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There are these things called Smart Phones, and they are really cool...they run on batteries...
Sep 13, 2013 8:55PM
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if there are power outages how are you posting this on computer??
Sep 13, 2013 6:21PM
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Well, in one right now.  Live in town in upper Boulder Canyon, outside Boulder Colorado.  Creek is now river and raging.  Can't get out of the mountains as all canyon roads out, landslided or flooded.  Power outages, dark, rainy.  Not really fun.
Sep 13, 2013 6:15PM
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May God protect you all from these disasters.  I shall pray for you all.
Sep 13, 2013 6:15PM
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I'm surprised the massive flash flooding that happened in Pittsburgh from hurricane Ivan wasn't on the list. 
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