- Posted September 13, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
I live directly across from the King Soopers grocery store near Table Mesa Drive and Broadway Street and directly next to the South Boulder Branch Library. Bear Canyon Creek flows in an earthen channel between the divided sides of Table Mesa Dr. Under normal conditions, this creek is completely dry or just barely flowing. On Wednesday night, the creek just slightly topped its banks and spilled water into the street. However, on Thursday night, the creek completely came out of its banks and made the divided Table Mesa Drive appear as though it was a river. Water came within 25 feet of the front door of my apartment, which is only about 50 feet from the creek. The manhole covers were all popped out of their positions and large branches were seen coming down the stream. I never thought that I would see large rapids directly across from my apartment. The South Boulder Branch Library that is next to my apartment has had its basement flooded with several feet or more of water. As of Friday morning, the creek is once again flowing within its banks, but the water levels are still very high. There is a significant amount of debris covering the roadways where the water was flowing. Concrete slabs have also been pulled up and moved around by the water. I was very fortunate that the worst thing to happen to me was that I ruined my iPhone while trying to take pictures in the rain. The first video shows Bear Canyon Creek as it flows under the pedestrian/bicycle tunnel at the Broadway and Table Mesa Intersection at around 7:00pm on 9/13. The second video shows the inundated car and pedestrian bridge that crosses Table Mesa Drive and Bear Canyon Creek in front of the King Soopers store at around 7:00pm on 9/13. The third and fourth video clips were taken at the peak flow rate of the creek at around 10pm on 9/13.