Photo: City of Fort Collins
On July 28, 1997, rains lifted Spring Creek over its bank, sending a flash flood crashing into Fort Collins.
Five people died, 50 others were injured and 200 homes were lost.
"Chaos. It was a lot of chaos," said Poudre Fire Authority Chief Tom DeMint, quoted on the 20th anniversary of the flood by Fox 31 Denver.
Four of the deaths occurred in a mobile home park on College Avenue, according to the Colorado Encyclopedia. The fifth occurred in a residential neighborhood.
Poudre Fire Authority Captain Steve Fleming described the mayhem to the Coloradoan newspaper:
``We had campers and propane cylinders; there was a trailer on fire, explosions at the laundromat, train derailment, people yelling for help, oil in the water ... and all of it happened within 30 minutes.''
Damage was estimated at $200 million.