Although floods can happen any time of year, Colorado’s flood season historically begins in the spring due to snowmelt and thunderstorms. A flood can develop slowly or flash floods can come without warning.
It is probable that flooding in Windsor may be the result of two factors: river flooding and flash flooding.
River flooding results from heavy rain and /or thunderstorms combined with rapid snow melt. Rains can saturate land and increase runoff. When combined with melting snow pack that may be increased by warm temperatures, river levels can rise drastically. Usually this type of flooding is somewhat predictable.
Flash flooding results from a dangerous rise in water levels in rivers, washes, valleys and dry land areas. A flash flood can strike with little warning and can last minutes or hours with significant destruction. Flood waters can carry debris and other contaminates as well as hide obstacles.
Here are some important tips to remember:
- Don’t pass through flooded roadways or trails.
- Never drive around barricades.
- Be aware that six inches of moving water may be enough to knock you off your feet.
- As little as 12 inches of moving water can lift a small vehicle. Fast moving currents are unpredictable.
- Stay out of flood waters! Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and other hazards.
The Town of Windsor works hard to mitigate flood risks. Refer to the town’s Flood Risk Mitigation page to learn more about the town’s stormwater drainage improvement projects.
Refer to FEMA’s flood risk and resiliency webpage for more information about home and business owner risks.