1976 Flood Memorial

We are striving to keep the serenity, and hold to the highest respect for the victims and their families.  The one statement made while searching to find the families for the 25th Memorial was, “I didn’t know anyone cared.”  That will forever stay with us.  We do care and this is one way of showing it, even years later.


41st Memorial Service July 31st, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. If you plan to attend the remembrance service, please bring a chair.  We will have finger food and a time of sharing after the service.

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Beginning about 7:00 p.m. a thunderstorm towering over 50,000 feet stalled near Hague's Peak in the upper reaches of the Big Thompson Canyon.

The torrential downpour from that storm put almost 12 inches of rainfall in the Glen Comfort and North Fork areas in just four hours. This normally pleasant river rapidly became a raging torrent as the volume of water reached a peak 31,000 cfs, far above the 200 cfs that normally flow through the narrows.

The resulting flash flood caused destruction as far as the Platte River southeast of Greeley, Colorado. It destroyed homes, businesses, and roads...

It took the lives of 144 people.

As requested, we made available a list of the victims and their location.

However rare, it is important to know all canyon areas are subject to flash flooding. For safety, do not drive through flooded areas. Climb to safety.

25th Memorial and Remembrance

July 31, 2001


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Big Thompson Canyon Flood Memorial,  Inc.

P O Box 144
Drake, CO. 80515

Phone: Barb 970-667-6465 or Marlene 303-683-2832
Fax 970-667-6465