Where is all the water going to go?

10:06 AM, Sep 14, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Coffee-colored floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado Rockies on Friday, transforming normally scenic rivers and creeks into fast, unforgiving torrents and forcing thousands more evacuations from water-logged communities beset by days of steady rain.

One of the most popular questions this week has been a pretty simple one: where is all the water going to go?

Bob Kimbrough with U.S. Geological Survey said all the flood water is pouring into the the St. Vrain Creek river basin, the Big Thompson river basin, and the Cache La Poudre river basin. All three rivers drain into the South Platte River, he said.

"It's going to be the highest in the areas east of Greeley," Kimbrough explained.

The crest will eventually lose energy as it moves downstream.

If you're thinking all this extra water will be beneficial for the state's reservoirs, Kimbrough explains that's not going to be the case.

"Water from these types of events is passed through the system. It's typically not stored and the reservoirs along the South Platte River simply don't have the capacity to take on additional water," he said.

The USGS operates 300 stream flow gauges in Colorado.

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