July 31 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Big Thompson flood, and this year, as in the past, community members will gather to remember the great losses and consider their hopes for the future.
Between 11 and 14 inches of rain was dumped on the upper Big Thompson Canyon, causing the worst flood in Colorado history — July 31, 1976. It claimed the lives of 144 people, five of whom were never found. A memorial was erected in 2001, telling the story of those who were lost and honoring those who survived.
In addition to the memorial, committee members established a scholarship program for those who lost grandparents or great grandparents in the flood. This year four college students will receive scholarships.
The service will feature the teachers and students of the Big Thompson Elementary School. Former Thompson Valley Superintendent Claude Stansberry, who was serving the district at the time of the flood, will speak. Those who were also on staff, or were students at the time, are invited to come and share their memories at the service.
More info online at www.1976BigThompsonFlood.org.
Big Thompson Flood Remembrance Service
When: Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m.
Where: Big Thompson Flood Memorial site, 13 miles west of Loveland and one mile east of Drake, next to the new Big Thompson Volunteer Fire Department station. Rain location in the BTVFD building.
Public invited. Bring your own chairs. Light refreshments will be provided.