For six days in September 2013, historic levels of rain fell over much of the Northern Colorado Front Range causing massive flooding and landslides that killed eight people and caused over $2 billion in damage to homes, businesses, farms, and irrigation structures. he Northern Colorado Flood Oral History Collection contains oral history interviews, reports, PowerPoint presentations, newspapers, and a video documenting the 2013 floods and their aftermath. Most of the oral history interviewees were officials and professionals with direct responsibility for flood management and recovery. For more information see the finding aid.

This digital collection, with materials dated 2013 to 2015, includes all oral histories and project files collected and created by Public Lands History Center (PLHC) researchers as well as a video of flooding in Estes Park on September 12, 2013.

Recent Submissions

  • Estes Park flood 2013 

    Author(s):O'Malia, Greg
    Date:2013-09-12
    Video footage shot in Estes Park on the first day of the September 2013 flooding by Greg O'Malia, a video producer in CSU's External Relations, with his mobile phone's camera
  • Oral history project Zotero bibliography 

    Author(s):Gerakios Mucci, Naomi
    Date:2015
    Bibliography of internet sources, such as newspaper articles and reports, concerning September 2013 floods in Colorado gathered into a Zotero group library; researchers used these references to prepare for oral history ...
  • Oral histories of the 2013 Colorado flood, lightning talk 

    Author(s):Alexander, Ruth M., 1954-
    Date:2014
    Shortened PowerPoint presentation about the 2013 Northern Colorado Flood Oral History Project
  • Alexander 2015 oral history project on 2013 flood WC newsletter 

    Author(s):Alexander, Ruth M., 1954-
    Date:2015
    Newsletter article discussing the 2013 Northern Colorado Flood Oral History Project
  • CSU proposal, oral history of 2013 flood, final 

    Author(s):Alexander, Ruth M., 1954-
    Date:2013
    The Public Lands History Center's proposal to the Colorado Water Conservtion Board for the 2013 Northern Colorado Flood Oral History Project
  • 2013 Colorado flood oral history, final report 

    Author(s):Alexander, Ruth M., 1954-; Gerakios Mucci, Naomi
    Date:2014
    Final report for the 2013 Northern Colorado Flood Oral History Project
  • Newsletter write up - flood 

    Author(s):Gerakios Mucci, Naomi
    Date:2014
    Newsletter article discussing the 2013 Northern Colorado Flood Oral History Project published in PLHC Summer 2014 newsletter: http://publiclands.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Volume-5-Summer-2014.pdf
  • Oral histories of the 2013 Colorado flood 

    Author(s):Alexander, Ruth M., 1954-
    Date:2014
    PowerPoint presentation about the 2013 Northern Colorado Flood Oral History Project
  • 2013 Colorado flood project abstract 

    Author(s):Alexander, Ruth M., 1954-
    Date:2014
    Text used to promote a November 11, 2014, presentation on the 2013 Northern Colorado Flood Oral History Project to the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers
  • Varrella, Brian 

    Author(s):Varrella, Brian; Gerakios Mucci, Naomi; Lewis, Zachary
    Date:2014-07-28
    In this interview, Brian Varrella speaks to recovery efforts that members of the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers (CASFM) made following the 2013 Northern Colorado Flood. CASFM is a professional, ...
  • Schoedinger, Tara 

    Author(s):Schoedinger, Tara; Moening, Tessa
    Date:2014-06-30
    Tara Schoedinger, Mayor of Jamestown, Colorado, discusses her personal experiences with the September 2013 flooding as well as her role advocating for the town post-flood. Schoedinger remembers witnessing the landslide ...
  • Sturm, Chris 

    Author(s):Sturm, Chris; Schaeffer, Mitchell
    Date:2014-07-23
    Chris Sturm, the Stream Restoration Coordinator for the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), discusses the interactions his organization had with other local, state, and national agencies during and immediately after ...
  • Schneider, William "Bill" 

    Author(s):Schneider, William; Gerakios Mucci, Naomi
    Date:2014-07-25
    In this interview, Bill Schneider discusses his job as District 2 Water Commissioner and recalls his efforts to warn friends, family, ditch companies, and government officials of the floodwaters flowing down the South ...
  • Schantz, Brent 

    Author(s):Schantz, Brent; Gerakios Mucci, Naomi
    Date:2014-07-25
    In this interview Brent Schantz speaks candidly about his experiences as the River Operations Coordinator and Compacts Commissioner for the Colorado Division of Water Resources. Schantz recalls when he first heard about ...
  • Sandridge, Scott 

    Author(s):Sandridge, Scott; Moening, Tessa
    Date:2014-07-24
    City of Evans Parks & Grounds Superintendent Scott Sandridge discusses flooding in the City of Evans in September 2013. He describes the berm that residents created along the South Platte in the 1960s and 1970s in what is ...
  • Rorabaugh, Skyler 

    Author(s):Rorabaugh, Skyler; Schaeffer, Mitchell
    Date:2014-07-29
    As Executive Director of the Estes Valley Recreation and Parks District, Skyler Rorabaugh witnessed and responded to the area's 2013 floods. During the flood, Rorabaugh warned people away from dangerous public lands and ...
  • Ray, Randy 

    Author(s):Ray, Randy; Schaeffer, Mitchell
    Date:2014-08-08
    In this interview, Randy Ray discusses his role as Executive Director for the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District regarding the 2013 floods in Northern Colorado. Ray's work for Central is to augment the river ...
  • Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Jim Struble and Amy Johnson 

    Author(s):Struble, James L.; Johnson, Amy; Gerakios Mucci, Naomi
    Date:2014-08-21
    During the 2013 floods, Jim Struble acted as the Emergency Manager for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. In this interview, he speaks about efforts that he and others at Northern Water took to protect their ...
  • Nilsson, Erik 

    Author(s):Nilsson, Erik; Schaeffer, Mitchell
    Date:2014-07-14
    Erik Nilsson, Larimer County Emergency Manager, discusses the 2013 Northern Colorado flood. First, he explains his background in fire and rescue operations. He then describes the purpose of the Emergency Management Office ...
  • Nettles, David 

    Author(s):Nettles, David; Gerakios Mucci, Naomi
    Date:2014-07-25
    In this interview David Nettles speaks about his experiences as a Division Engineer for the Colorado Division of Water Resources, Division 1 during the 2013 flood. Nettles recalls when he first learned about the flooding ...

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