This made the news in the Yuma Sun, on September 7th, just one week ago.
Colorado River Basin is currently experiencing its driest 14-year
period in more than 100 years of historical records. While the outlook
could change significantly if the watershed were to have a good snowpack
this coming winter, the basin needs to be prepared for continuing
River water supply issues as well as restoration efforts along the
river in Yuma will be discussed at the next public meeting of the
Colorado River Citizens Forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Yuma County
Development Services, Aldrich Hall, 2351 W. 26th St.
I'm guessing that citizens forum session was cancelled, called on account of flash floods that have already left 4 dead and 172 missing.
It's being called a once in a hundred year flood.
For the first time since the harrowing mountain floods began Wednesday,
Colorado got its first broad view of the devastation — and the reality
of what is becoming a long-term disaster is setting in. The flooding has
affected parts of a 11,700-square-kilometre area, almost the size of
National Guard choppers were evacuating 295 people — plus pets — from
the mountain hamlet of Jamestown, which was isolated by flooding that
scoured the canyon the town sits in.
Mike Smith, incident commander at Boulder Municipal Airport, said
helicopters would continue flying in and out late into the night.
The outlook for anyone who'd rather stay is weeks without power, cellphone service, water or sewer.
"Essentially, what they were threatening us with is, 'If you stay
here, you may be here for a month,"' said 79-year-old Dean Hollenbaugh,
who was evacuated by Chinook helicopter from Jamestown, northwest of
Hmm, let's do the math. A once in a century drought and a once in a century flood, back to back, one atop the other. That has to be a one in a million scenario. I mean, really, what are the chances?
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