1976 Flash Flood Big Thompson Canyon Colorado. - TMalmay

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1976 Flash Flood Big Thompson Canyon Colorado. - TMalmay  - At least 60 perish as wall of rips through Big...
At least 60 perish as wall of rips through Big Thompson canyon BjUONTOLLEFSO.N Tribune Staff Writer and wire services reports LOVELAND - Coloradans waiting out more rains to search for the dead and to rescue the surviving in Big Thompson Canyon Monday -- and others awaiting word on neighbors and relatives -- saw the state's centennial weekend come and go in mourning. At least 60 were dead and hundreds injured and stranded after flash flood waters Saturday night swept the canyon from Estes Park area down stream during 10-inch rains, swelling the Big Thompson River and its north fork into killing flows. President Proclaims Disaster President Ford Monday declared Colorado eligible for major federal diaster aid. Gov. Richard Lamm earlier had declared Larimer County a disaster area and requested federal aid, joined by Sen. Gary Hart and Congressman James Johnson. Larimer County officials, viewing the death, injuries and still-isolated groups of campers and canyon residents as well as structures, trailers and vehicles shattered or swept away, could only say damage would be "very, very extensive," extensive," in the millions of dollars. Although at least BO were known dead Monday, with some on-scene law officers estimating the death toll could exceed 100, the first identified flood victim was Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Hugh Purdy, 53, Loveland, swept from his car as he sought to warn residents and campers. Weld Residents Thought Dead Indications were that some current and former Greeley and Weld County residents were thought to have died in the flood. Many other county residents were rescued. Miraculously, officials said, searchers later found a five-month-old baby boy on a rock in mid : river. law officers speculated some bodies might be found as far east as Nebraska in coming weeks. Some may never be found, they said. Some dead were found 12 miles downstream along the Big Thompson from the canyon. Officers said some, warned Saturday- night before the flash flooding of 10 feet or so swept through, did not evacuate the canyon. Search Continues Officials said 100 or more law officers. National Guardsmen and volunteers were to continue search and rescue efforts efforts Monday. Eleven helicopters were Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 68, NO. 242 GREELEY, COLORADO80431 AND T H E G R E E L E Y R E P U B L I C A N Weekly Tribune Established 1870 MONDAY, AUGUST 2,1976 End of the Narrows road reported standing by for evacuation airlifts, awaiting further rains, wind and low clouds to lift. Some 840 to 860 stranded canyon survivors were reported as hiking, driving or being flown out by late Sunday. Sunday. Estimates ranged from 200 to 400 of those still stranded in the canyon area Monday. Officers earlier had said as many as 4,000 may have been in the canyon Saturday Dead of al! ages Dead receovered by Monday were reported to range in estimated age from three to about 65. many older and a majority reported to be females. Very few children were reported among the dead, observers said. Highway spokesmen said about 16 miles of U.S. 34 through the canyon, Continued on page 29 Infant survives on river rock; 'ff's a miracle 1 LOVELAND, Colo. (UP1) - A '5- month-old infant, lying on a rock in the middle of the Big Thompson River, survived Sunday's devastating flood which killed 60 persons. A police spokesman said rescuers found the baby boy on the rock in the middle of the rampaging river. "We have no idea how he got there," the official said. "He might have been washed onto the rock by the water or might have been placed there by someone who then was swept away. It's just a miracle he was there at all." The official said no one else was in area where the baby was found, and there was no clue to the child's identity. The infant was removed from the rock and taken to the McKee Medical Center where he was in good condition. Other flood stories and photos on pages 1, 6, B, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 29 and 40 The Narrows Canyon Road was completely washed away by the canyon now appears as if it was untouched by man; a river flowing at the bottom of a steep gorge. Engineers said it may be two years before flash flood which swept down from Estes Park late Saturday. The Ae road is restored. (Wbune photo by Mike Peters) Mudslides close Poudre Canyon ByJOHNSEELMEYER Tribune Staff Writer FORT COLLINS - Hundreds of campers poured out of the Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins Sunday afternoon in the wake of major rain storms. Larimer County Sheriff Bob Watson said there was one unconfirmed report of a death near Livermore, north of Ted's Place on U.S. 287. Mudslides closed Colo. 14 through the Poudre Canyon and the Colorado State Patrol said only emergency vehicles were allowed onto the road Monday Inside morning. The road apparently didn't suffer any structural damage. Also closed Sunday afternoon was U.S. 287 north of Ted's Place. Officials said heavy rains threatened a bridge south of Virginia Dale, but water receded and Colorado Department of Highways spokesmen said the road suffered no apparent damage. Flood waters moving quickly down the river destroyed numerous one-lane bridges leading to cabins and campgrounds. campgrounds. Also damaged was a one-lane bridge at Laporte. Run-off in drainage ditches caused minor road minor road damage in both I^porlc and Bellvue. Continued on page 17 the Tribune The weather (40 pages, 2sections) 25 Hospital Markets Obituaries Sports Theater TV log 27 35-38 28 28 Abby Agri-news Classified Comics Crossword Editorial 4 Heloise 26 Weather Horoscope 15 Wm'spgs. Today's press run: I9.77H If you have not received your Tribune by 6:30 p.m , call 352-0211. C 39 6 32-34 30-31 28 fi 24-26 NOHTHKRN COLORADO - Variable cloudiness today and tonight with good chance of showers and Ihunderstorms, some possibility heavy this afternoon ar.d evening with local flooding. Partly cloudy Tuesday with decreasing showers and thunderstorms. Warmer Tuesday. Highs today 70s and low ROs. Lows tonight 55 to 65. Highs Tuesday mostly BOs. Southeast winds 10 to 15 m.p.h. and gusty vicinity thunderstorms. Precipitation probability 50 per cent today and tonight and 30 per cent Tuesday. t^s*-*, . " ···"t: · · · '·*· - - · - ·· " -·-· ^7V»s-v.. :i-r-)^4W. - ., · -.,'.·. ..^Cfife^^^·--'· ·· Big Thompson siphon The 10-foot Big Thompson Siphon pipeline, part of the Thompson Canyon Sunday. The pipeline was supported Charles Hansen Horsctooth Feeder Canal, is shown after by steel girders 15 feet above the river, and was washed it washed up against a house on the east end of the Big ahmit Mike one-fourth milt! dimi Peters) ; ,; en; tTM"** ' T - .. ':?·' '--^i. ^ K' **3« .. · : "3J* - : -·T^ae* iistrcani. (Tribune photo by

Clipped from Greeley Daily Tribune02 Aug 1976, MonPage 1

Greeley Daily Tribune (Greeley, Colorado)02 Aug 1976, MonPage 1
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