'Thousand-Year Flood' in Colorado Has Climate Change Written All Over It

The number of people missing or “unaccounted for” amid what experts are calling a 1000-year flood event in Colorado is now more than 1200, according to state newspapers and officials.

The number of official deaths related to the flooding is now at six people.

Coming on the heels of forest fires and drought in the state, the rare late summer rains have created the ‘perfect storm’ for what scientists see as a climate change-driven disaster.

With even more rain expected in some areas on Monday, the disaster-stricken western state continues to brace for high water, and rescuers are saying harsh conditions are still preventing them from reaching hard-hit areas.

“The situation has deteriorated,” Boulder County Emergency Management spokesman Andrew Barth said late Sunday. “There’s a heavy, heavy fog, and rain is coming down hard.”

And the Denver Post reports:

For those stranded by the floods or needing rescue, authorities are urging them to use “white sheets, reflective mirrors, flares and signal fires to alert helicopter pilots to their locations,” according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

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“The pilots are going to go anywhere and everywhere they can,” Gabrielle Boerkircher, a spokeswoman for Boulder County, told reporters. “People need to be prepared to be evacuated. They need to try to flag down the choppers in any way they can.”

As the disaster continues to unfold, climate experts continue to explain how the devastating—and unseasonal—rains are related to climate change. As National Geographic explains, what appears as an anomaly actually has a very sound explanation in the climate geoscience field:

And writing at Common Dreams on Monday, author and nature photographer Subhankar Banerjee explains why—even amid an ongoing disaster—it’s important to “connect the dots” between the floods in Colorado and planetary global warming:

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