Flood watch issued for Boulder burn area
May 11, 2011
DENVER (AP) – A storm bringing rain and snow to Colorado could trigger mudslides in the area hit by of one of the state’s worst wildfires.
The National Weather Service says Wednesday’s storm is the first significant rainfall over the area burned by the Fourmile wildfire. It destroyed 169 homes in the foothills west of Boulder in September.
Lack of vegetation on hillsides allows water to run off faster than those with trees, shrubs and grasses. The rushing water can lead to erosion and flooding.
Boulder County authorities have been training for the possibility of flooding in the area.
The flood danger is expected to continue for the next three years, until enough vegetation can take hold.