Wildfires Worsen Flood Situation in Colorado

By @sachintrivedig on

Wildfires in the Boulder Colorado region are suspected to have worsened the flash floods experienced by the region on September 11.

Wildfires have been known to cause health complications. Air pollution caused by the smoke and soot make the air unhealthy for the residents nearby. A report by Live Science now suggests that they may have played a role in worsening the flash floods in the Boulder Colorado. The region is reported to have experienced a heavy down pour.

Since the night of September 11 there has been heavy rainfall. The region has seen rain measuring 5 to 10 inches. The resulting flood is reported to have killed two people. Many roads are blocked. Schools and businesses remain closed. Normally a forest cover tends to stem the flow of a flood and absorb some of the moisture. A level land without a lot of trees allows the flood water to run without check. The fast running water is not absorbed into the land effectively.

The topography of the Boulder Colorado region doesn't help either. The terrain is such that even a half inch of rain in a short period of time results in flooding. The region has mountains that channel water into the valley. The forest fires in the region have robbed the people of the much needed forest cover in times such as these. Forest fires in the High Park area and Waldo Canyon are worth mentioning.

The Waldo Canyon fire for example burnt around 18,000 acres near Colorado Springs and is reported to have destroyed more than 300 homes. The debris from the fires are also a cause for concern. Dead trees, rock and soil are carried forward by the running water, causing destruction.

A recent report suggests that the parts of western U.S are particularly vulnerable due to wildfires. The rising temperatures add to an increased risk of wildfire in this region. Countries across the globe are trying to fight the menace of climate change.

Click here to read about the report that talks about the increased risk of wildfire in the western U.S.

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