Colorado Experience

Big Thompson Flood

Season 4 Episode 1 | 56m 43s

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the most deadly natural disaster in Colorado's history. The combination of a state and national holiday, a downed weather warning station, and a torrential stationary rainstorm, left 144 people dead and even more wounded. Explore the conditions that lead to this traumatic disaster, and hear powerful stories from several survivors.

Aired: 10/05/16

Rating: TV-PG

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