Denver, CO Flood, Aug 1933 - Water Rushing Through Streets


Many Houses Evacuated As Water Carries Away Bridges In Polo And Country Club District.

(By Associated Press)

Denver, Colo., Aug. 3.--The Colorado Boulevard bridge over Cherry Creek, the first obstacle met as a flood swept into Denver, was carried away today by a four-foot wall of water. Houses in the executive polo and country club district were being evacuated. The first crest of the flood caused by cloudbursts southeast of Denver, carried debris which jammed under the bridge and forced it out within a few minutes. The bridge was of wood. City highway workmen were stationed at other bridges over the creek, preparing to block them against traffic.

All police cars were sent to canvass the low ground residence district on either side of the creek to warn the householders. With sirens screaming they routed out thousands of persons before daylight. Reports reaching here said the Castlewood dam, holding 5,000 feet of water, had broken, releasing a huge flood which was following in the wake of the first.

The Logan street bridge over Cherry Creek, a steel and concrete structure, was so twisted and warped by flood waters that it was closed. Cherry Creek was well above its 12-foot retaining wall for five miles through Denver, police said. The flood was reported to have swept away several buildings as Parker. The town was abandoned before high water struck, however, as residents had been warned long in advance. Farmers in the lowlands along the stream fled to higher lands with what belongings they could hastily gather. Roads were crowded with cars of the fleeing lowland dwellers.

The creek runs for five miles almost through the heart of Denver and has frequently gone on rampages. The farmers, owners of small business establishments and other residents of the area in the path of the flood had been warned by Denver police and telephone operators.

Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH 3 Aug 1933