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Two Floods in Fort Collins, Colorado: Learning from a Natural Disaster

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A flash flood in Fort Collins, Colorado, on 28 July 1997 resulted in 5 deaths, 62 injuries, and more than $250 million in property damage. Following the 1997 flood, a great many changes were made in the city's preparedness infrastructure. On 30 April 1999, a combination of heavy rain and melting snow caused a second, less serious flood event. This article reports on the changes implemented following the first flood and their effectiveness during the second.

*Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

+Current affiliation: Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

#Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Corresponding author address: Dr. John F. Weaver, NOAA/NESDIS/CIRA, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80523.

A flash flood in Fort Collins, Colorado, on 28 July 1997 resulted in 5 deaths, 62 injuries, and more than $250 million in property damage. Following the 1997 flood, a great many changes were made in the city's preparedness infrastructure. On 30 April 1999, a combination of heavy rain and melting snow caused a second, less serious flood event. This article reports on the changes implemented following the first flood and their effectiveness during the second.

*Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

+Current affiliation: Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

#Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Corresponding author address: Dr. John F. Weaver, NOAA/NESDIS/CIRA, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80523.
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