The Colorado River Floods

Apparently, the moment we left our little hometown of Grand Junction, Colorado, the weather, characteristically sunny, turned almost Seattle-like, or so we’re told.  The sky darkened out the sun and dumped day after day of snow and rain which has temporarily transformed our usual slightly damp springtime into a record-breaking, Genesis-reminiscent flood.

Certainly, parts of the country are used to flooding; for example, when we were in Georgia, it seemed kind of old hat.  But Grand Junction is different.

It’s a desert.

Year after year, we’ve watched commercials about conserving water: take shorter showers, don’t brush your teeth with the water on, water your lawn at night so the heat of the mid-day sun doesn’t evaporate the spray before it even reaches your grass.  One year, we even had to give up one our own town’s most cherished community events–the July 4th fireworks–because GJ was so dry, authorities feared dropping ash could cause our town to erupt into flame.

So this is quite the ordeal.  Seth took some pictures of our historically-high Colorado River as it flooded the riverfront trail, threatening to wash up on to our roads.

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

Colorado River Flooding

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3 Responses to The Colorado River Floods

  1. Jessi says:

    That’s just unreal! First it starts to actually snow there when I left 7 years ago and now its really wet??? So strange!

  2. Helga Mae says:

    This happened about 18 years ago. I remember riding my bike with my Dad and brother and friend Lauren to the little point at the end of the River Front Trail. The water was flowing over it and washed out the pavement so we rode back and forth through the water. We didn’t smell that good when we were done but it was one of my favorite memories.

  3. Noelle says:

    Thanks for posting these awesome photos. I am in shock! I have been hearing about the flooding hadn’t seen any good footage of it yet. :) It’s flooding here like usual…expecting more severe weather that could potentially mean a bigger flood. yikes!

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