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Published on May 11, 2019
Northern Colorado is entirely shaped by flooding.
In 1997, Fort Collins Colorado was hit by a devastating flood that caused over $100m worth of damage to Colorado State University, $200m in damage to the wider community, ripped up homes across the town and led to the deaths of five people. It led to a massive emergency response and a complete remodelling of the town and university campus to prevent similar levels of destruction in the future.
In this film, we’ve covered the growth of Fort Collins and its relationship to flooding over the last 150 years, from being a military outpost on the Poudre River to becoming one of Northern Colorado’s largest towns.