Wednesday, October 2, 2013

La Plata Monsoon Storms wreak havoc in September

La Plata County was struck by several damaging storms between September 16th and 20th
About 5:15 p.m. Wednesday September 18, 2013 La Plata County OEM started getting notification from the national weather service in Grand Junction that radar was picking up some intense storms developing over the west side of our county heading towards Durango. Reports began soon after saying that large hail and heavy winds had pummeled homes between the State Line and Hesperus. The storm moved across High Flume and La Posta into Durango with flooding rains. Animas mountain, Junction Creek, Lightner Creek,  and the north end of Durango felt some of the storm's intensity. The  storm increased in intensity as it moved north east dumping several inches of rain on the red cliffs above the Animas Valley, and added several inches of hail over the Florida River Valley before beginning to weaken over Vallecito.
The most personal property damage was on the west side of the County and the most public property damage was along County Roads 250 and 240.

Storms again slammed the County from the Southwest on Sunday the 20th for most of the day. The storms came in the form of individual cells streaming across in multiple waves. Areas of damage were relatively the same but over broader areas.
Some people encountered 3" or more of rain, 3-4" of hail, 65-70 mph wind, midwest style wall clouds, small stream flooding, or mud/debris flows.

If you have pictures of damages, please reply here. Include time, date, location (the more detailed the better) and description of impacts or damages

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