Rampaging floodwater gouged 200 miles of Colorado roads and damaged or tore away 50 bridges. The estimated tab for that infrastructure alone is $430 million. In light of redrawn river beds and floodplains, how should Colorado look to recover?
The Colorado floods are leading to a massive rebuilding effort, but with winter closing in, the question is whether the state can wait to rebuild better and smarter, or whether it must simply move fast.
There has been a lot of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere this year, including the recent torrential rains in Colorado, flooding in Europe, bitter cold in Florida and a heat wave in Alaska. And scientists say all of it is related to some odd behavior by the powerful air currents called the polar jet stream.