On the evening of June 16, 1965, a wall of water described by some as fifteen foot high came roaring down the South Platte River. It was the result of extremely severe thunderstorms many miles south of Littleton. By midnight, the torrent crested at twenty-five feet above normal and was carrying forty times the normal flow. In its wake, the course of the South Platte River from Littleton to the Colorado-Nebraska border was a wreckage-strewn landscape of desolation. The great South Platte River flood of 1965 was not Littleton’s first flood, nor the city's only disaster – it was simply the biggest and costliest, to date. Shown is an image of the damage after the flood. The view is looking north from the west side of where the City Shops were located, at 2121 West Chenango Avenue.
Photo taken by unidentified City of Littleton employee, 1965.
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