Folk & Beyond looks back at the 2013 Colorado Floods

On September 9, 2013, a slow-moving cold front stalled over Colorado, clashing with warm humid monsoonal air from the south.  This resulted in heavy rain and catastrophic flooding along Colorado’s Front Range from Colorado Springs north to Fort Collins. The situation intensified on September 11 and 12. Boulder County was the worst hit, with over 9 recorded inches by September 12, and in excess of 17 inches of rain recorded by September 15. The average annual precipitation for that area of Colorado is 20.7 inches.

The residents of Lyons, a town in Boulder County, were the most affected due to both the St. Vrain and Boulder Creeks overflowing. Lyons was, and still is, home to many musicians routinely heard on WTJU as part of our WTJU Folk programming.

Tune in this Thursday afternoon, September 11, from 4-6 (edt) when Folk & Beyond host Peter Jones pays tribute to the Centennial State by playing two hours of Colorado artists; both past and present.  Taarka, The Railsplitters, Katie Glassman & Snapshot, Leftover Salmon, Hot Rize, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run, Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams, Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band, The Watergirls and more! Peter will also pass along where you can donate to help the musicians and residents who are still getting back on their feet a year later.

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