A record 17.15 inches of rain fell on Boulder County Sept. 9-16, shattering the area’s annual average of 15 inches. Much of the city, including CU-Boulder, shut down for days as people were ordered off the streets and away from Boulder Creek. Residents, including Nick Carter pictured on 7th Street and University, worked to divert relentless water surges.
Four county residents lost their lives and hundreds of homes were destroyed. In the largest American airlift operation since Hurricane Katrina, 1,102 people and many pets were evacuated from flood-hit areas. More than 700 were evacuated by road.
Photography by Daily Camera/Mark Leffingwell