Cut off in chaos : communication and life-saving action amid rising rural water during the 2013 Colorado Floods
During a few days in mid-September 2013, more than a foot of rain fell in the mountains of northern Colorado, transforming streams into torrents and spurring a massive emergency response effort. High water demolished homes, ate away chunks of main highways, and stranded people across the state. Glen Haven, located in rural Larimer County, was among the hardest hit communities (AAR 2015). Cut off and eventually without electricity or telephone access, the community's volunteer fire department served as the primary rescue agency during the disaster and for weeks after, from organizing the initial ...