We tailored the flood response plan to account for snowmelt flooding, general storm-induced flooding, and fast-response monsoon thunderstorms.

West Creek Flood Response Plan

Douglas County, CO

Using Climate Knowledge to Prevent Flooding

The Hayman forest fire in 2002 significantly altered the West Creek basin's hydrology in southwest Douglas County, Colorado, resulting in increased flooding incidents. To accurately craft a flood response plan that adapted to the burn area, we incorporated a precipitation-based approach, taking mountain climate variation into account. This required in-depth knowledge of the mechanics of Colorado's mountain climate to properly measure the magnitude and duration of the rainfall causing the flooding.

The team met the ultimate goal of the project, which was to develop a simple, easy-to-use plan that can be initialized by forecast models used by the National Weather Service.

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Services

  • Resilience
  • Water
  • Climate Change

Markets

  • State/Local

Regions

  • West
  • resilience
  • West Creek Flood
  • water
  • State/Local
  • climate change

Location

Douglas County, CO

Completion Date

2013

Owner/Client

Douglas County Community Planning

Cost

$61,000