Flood photos, Morrison, Sept 13

View across Morrison Park, looking downstream on Bear Creek.

View across Morrison Park, looking downstream on Bear Creek.

Checked in at the office for a first-person look at today’s flood on Bear Creek. We have not seen floodwaters this high in many years, and according to reports, this is not the end of this storm system or flood event. As of 12:30 this afternoon, when we took these photos, waters were still expected to rise.

View upstream at entrance to DMP headquarters.

View upstream at the entrance to DMP headquarters.

For perspective on the photo below, compare this photo from July 5, 2012, when Bear Creek was so low it was closed to fishing.

Today, the boulders visible in last year’s photo are being extensively rearranged by the flood waters. One of the more interesting flood features is the sound of boulders tumbling against each other in the waters as they are relocated downstream. At times, it was even loud enough to hear in our offices in a nearby (and higher!) building.

We believe the stone wall in these photos was built by Federal Emergency Relief Administration workers in 1935, just before Civilian Conservation Corps workers arrived in June that year. Workers were cleaning up the debris of the 1933 flood, and built this 10-12 ft high stone wall to protect the nearby road and park from future floods. The wall stood the test of time just a few years later, when 1938 floodwater roared through Morrison. Read historic accounts of Morrison floods from the Morrison Historical Society.

Matt, DMP operations supervisor, watching flood waters at Bear Creek wall.

Matt, DMP operations supervisor, watching flood waters at Bear Creek wall.

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