Colorado, Wyoming & Nebraska Flood, May 1935


Torrents Spread Destruction
in Sections of Colorado,
Wyoming and Nebraska


Houses and Bridges Are Swept
Away — Trains Marooned,
Vast Areas Inundated

DENVER, May 31 - Boiling
waters of a tri-State flood, born of
Spring rains on the eastern slope
of the Rockies, raged eastward toward
the already rising Missouri
tonight, leaving twenty-two dead,
more than a score missing, reports
of other deaths and property damage
in the millions.
The extent of the toll in Northern
Colorado, Southwestern Wyoming
and Southwestern Nebraska
was pieced together slowly over
crippled communication lines as
heavy precipitation carried the
flood menace to parts of other
States in the mid-continent.
By a quirk of the weather, dust
blew again in Southeastern Colorado's
drought area. Searchers
combed flood debris for bodies of
three missing persons amid a dust
storm at Seibert.
Floodwater sprawled over the
banks of the South Platte River at
Fort Morgan, Col., and Beaver
Creek poured a three-foot deluge
through the town's main street.
About thirty miles of lowlands were
reported inundated.

Wires Snapped in Nebraska

McCook, Neb., was a danger point
isolated by the snapping of wires
after fragmentary reports of the
death of six men in the collapse of
a bridge, efforts to rescue fourteen
workmen marooned atop a light
plant and the wiping out of the villages
of Parks and Max.
Four were listed as dead at Colorado
Springs, three at Kiowa, three
at Elbert, three at Seibert and two
at Bennett, all in Colorado, and
seven in Wyoming.
Other high water caused property
damage and drove scattered families
from lowland homes in Kansas,
Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas.
Hundreds of farm families along
Missouri River bottoms between
Kansas City and St. Louis were
moving to higher ground tonight as
heavy rains, brought the "Big
Muddy" above flood stage.
At Boonville, Mo., the swirling
river was three feet over flood
stage and a further rise of two or
three feet during the night was
The floods which ravaged the region
of Colorado Springs and the
district immediately northeast had
subsided tonight.

June 1, 1935 edition of The New York Times