The Colorado floods will have a lasting effect on that region for the next decade or more, but it also brings up an age old topic that is often forgotten about, or at the very least brushed aside. This series of pictures pretty much says it all… water can rise really fast! In the mountainous areas of Colorado, water was rising several feet in just an hour, but even these folks had a little bit of warning because It was raining cats and dogs. This location is several hundred miles downstream where they continue to be in a moderate to severe long term drought, but amazingly enough, the river rises several feet in just over a day. This is why we need to be aware of the weather, not only where we live, but areas around us as well. Because the effects of one storm can be felt thousands of miles away where it may not have rained for weeks, but because it rained downstream, things change.
This is the Platte River, which has been running very low for the past several years because of an ongoing drought. On an average summer day, it's barely more than a trickle… slow enough and shallow enough that you can walk through it and barely have enough water to cover your feet. But this past week, the Platte at Brady location in southern Nebraska jumped more than 9 feet in 36 hours as the surge of water pushed downstream turning this creek into a swollen river. Notice the date and time at the top of each image.