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Big Thompson flood remembered 36 years later

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KUSA - A memorial service for those who were lost in the Big Thompson flood in 1976 was held Wednesday night in Drake.

The flood killed at least 139 people; others were never found and presumed drowned.

A stalled storm dropped 14 inches of rain in the canyon July 31, 1976, turning a river running 18 inches into a wall of water 20 feet high. Climbing the sides of the canyon was the only way to survive.

Music flowed over the service Wednesday at the memorial site in the canyon. Families shared stories of those lost, and survivors remembered how close they had come.

At the end of the service, candles were lit for the five presumed victims whose bodies were never found.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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