To say it's been a wet month in Boulder, Colorado, may just be the understatement of the century—or the millennium. The Christian Science Monitor reports that "the numbers tell a tale of a thousand-year flood," and backs up that statement with some pretty stark figures. Here are seven that stand out:
- The storm dumped 15 inches of rain, obliterating the May 1969 record of 7.37 inches.
- And there's an even bigger gulf between the total amount of rain Boulder has seen this month (17.17 inches) and what it usually logs in September (1.5 inches).
- Some 9.08 inches fell last Wednesday alone, nearly doubling the previous record of 4.8 inches of rain in one day—from 1919.
- The size of the flooded area has been estimated at 4,500 square miles, which is easy to visualize—just picture Connecticut.
- 1,502 homes have been destroyed and another 17,494 damaged.
- Between 50 and 100 bridges were completely washed out or hit hard.
- Six major roads have been closed for the "foreseeable future."
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