Sep 16, 2013, 01:56 AM
Seems like gold moving waters
Sep 16, 2013, 06:47 AM
Oh my, that looks like a bad day to me! Thank you for posting the pictures, what is the general location?................63bkpkr
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Sep 16, 2013, 06:59 AM
Such a shame jcazgoldchaser...
Sep 16, 2013, 09:24 AM
These are from one of the several hard-hit canyons west of Boulder and Golden CO. And, yes, they do have gold in those creeks so I'm sure this is moving the gold around quite a bit...pan accordingly ;-) 'cause we might as well put this disaster to some good sluice!
Originally Posted by 63bkpkr
Last edited by KevinInColorado; Sep 16, 2013 at 09:55 AM.
Sep 16, 2013, 09:51 AM
100s a places in trouble now and fall ain't even started. NOT a good indication of things to come as Arizona and New Mexico get slammed also. Gonna be a loooooooong hard winter-John
Sep 16, 2013, 10:56 AM
i cant wait to get up there in those canyons... its been almost 40yrs since we have had flood waters in those canyons. my heart goes out to those who have had a loss because of this.
Sep 16, 2013, 11:09 AM
Good to hear you are OK. Also good to hear you think like me. Good gold coming your way.
Originally Posted by KevinInColorado
Sep 16, 2013, 11:43 AM
Heard lots after Katrina about how stupid it was to live in New Orleans. Think everybody is going to be moving out of Colorado now ? Bet nobody in Boulder had any flood insurance either. Well after the insurance companies bail out of Colorado, (which they will), you can always buy a tent at WalMart and join me prospecting full-time.
Sep 16, 2013, 11:50 AM
vicious flooding up there...god help them all...
anyone heard from RGINN? he is up that way?
Sep 16, 2013, 11:53 AM
I camped in the Thomson canyon the week before it had its major flood in 1976......
On July 31, 1976, during the celebration of Colorado's centennial, the Big Thompson Canyon was the site of a devastating flash flood that swept down the steep and narrow canyon, claiming the lives of 143 people, 5 of whom were never found. This flood was triggered by a nearly stationary thunderstorm near the upper section of the canyon that dumped 300 millimeters (12 inches) of rain in less than 4 hours (more than 3/4 of the average annual rainfall for the area). Little rain fell over the lower section of the canyon, where many of the victims were.
Around 9 p.m., a wall of water more than 6 meters (20*ft) high raced down the canyon at about 6*m/s (14*mph), destroying 400 cars, 418 houses and 52 businesses and washing out most of U.S. Route 34. This flood was more than 4 times as strong as any in the 112-year record available in 1976, with a discharge of 1,000 cubic meters per second (35,000*ft³/s).
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Sep 16, 2013, 12:01 PM
Incredible release of energy!
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Sep 16, 2013, 02:43 PM
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Sep 17, 2013, 11:50 AM
Those pics are just amazing. The damage up in the foothills canyons would make me think twice about buying a place up there for sure.
Down here in the city things aren't quite as dramatic but I went out yesterday to inspect a few of my favorite local spots and was just amazed by the amount of change to the creek beds and areas around them.
- big banks eroded
- debris piles 8-10 feet above normal creek levels (in suburbia!)
- Large amounts of sand burying cobble beds where the good gold is
- sand bars that have now disappeared
-sand/cobble/debris bars created where there were none before
- a 'beach' along one creek edge that is now about 1-2 feet higher than it used to be...showing how that spot, which seems fairly straight under normal flows, becomes an inside curve and area of low pressure at 100 year flows...likely to be good gold there now!!
-flows that are still quite a bit above normal 24 hrs after the last rain
...and that's just in suburbia, can't wait to see what Clear Creek looks like in the foothills after the water levels drop enough to survey the results!!!
Sep 18, 2013, 02:55 AM
Clear creek was extremely full and rushing today. Hope for dry days so the rivers can settle down.
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