Eastern Colorado Area Office
11056 W. County Rd 18E
Colorado Floods, September 2013
As most people know by now, roughly the entire South Platte River Basin in northeastern Colorado experienced a significant rain and flood event September 9-16.
The Colorado-Big Thompson Project saw some impacts during the flood. As a result, diversion from the West Slope has been shut down since very early in the morning, September 12. The project is not a flood control project, but a water supply project. As such, we have continued delivering water and generating hydro-electric power, mostly with east slope rain run-off, since September 16.
All dams at Horsetooth, Carter, Flatiron, Pinewood and Olympus Dam on Lake Estes remained safe and performed well during the flood. Currently releases from Olympus Dam to the Big Thompson Canyon are around 100 cfs. As rain water inflows to the Estes Valley and Big Thompson River continue to decline, so does our release from the dam.
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Last Updated: October 25, 2013