Buffalo Creek Flood

Address: Buffalo Creek community along County Hwy. 126 from the site of the Buffalo Creek Fire to the Buffalo Creek (unincorporated Jefferson County).

On July 12, 1996, eight weeks after the Buffalo Creek Fire in Pike National Forest, a torrential rainstorm hit the area for several hours and an ocean of black water rushed downhill from the site of the fire into Buffalo Creek and then on to the North Fork of the South Platte River. It then joined the South Platte River carrying bridges, propane tanks, outhouses, sheds, and other small structures. Many homes were damaged, and County Highway 126 was caved in for one-eighth of a mile. Water, electricity, and telephones were immediately out of use. Reconstruction took many months, and 1997 found a new water system completed, a large fire station built on high ground, and the Community Hall also removed and reconstructed.
Quad Map/Date: Pine, 1985.
Sec/Town/Range: S6, T8S, R70W
Elevation: 6634-6750
Source: Interviews, residents of Buffalo Creek community, July 1996.
Other Names: Buffalo Creek Fire
Last Modified: Wed, April 30 1997

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