If you’ve lived here in Colorado for any length of time, you have probably noticed what a nice place it is to live. There are a lot of mountainous activities to engage in, the views can be gorgeous, and economically it’s doing better than many states in the union. Every so often there’s a wildfire or a tornado on the plains...nothing a restoration company can’t take care of.
But have you ever stopped to think about how many natural disasters we don’t have to worry about? You really don’t have to worry about the planet trying to kill you when you live in Colorado. Here are a few natural disasters that we’re lucky enough to not have to deal with here in Colorado, thus avoiding the need for restoration services.
Restoration Services You Won’t Be Needing In Colorado
What does it take to be directly affected by an hurricane? Well, you need to be relatively close to the ocean. That pretty much puts Colorado out of the running for one of those, doesn’t it?
No matter how you measure it, Atlantic hurricanes are getting larger, more destructive, and more frequent. Let’s start down at the Gulf Coast with Hurricane Katrina, which took place in 2005. Approximately 1,800 people lost their lives, most of whom lived in Louisiana. When all was said and done, Katrina ended up being the costliest natural disaster in United States history at $81 billion. It’s also the costliest sting that insurance companies have had to deal with, with $41 billion in water damage restoration and other insurance.
Up north the damage has also been enormous. In 2011 Hurricane Irene hit New York State, killed 40 people and caused $14 billion in damages. The very next year Hurricane Sandy hit New York City and Long Island, causing record storm surges and flooding subway systems. More than 90 percent of Long island was without power. Sandy ended up costing approximately $75 billion in damages and killing 71 people.
One of the most interesting aspects of hurricane’s is that the damage is two-fold. High winds tear houses to shreds, causing massive siding, gutter, garage door, and roof damage. But the greatest damage that occurs requires water damage restoration; storm surges cause the water to flow over levies, causing homes that are relatively far from the oceanfront to become flooded. On top of that, the rain from the hurricane causes rivers, streams, creeks, and canals to overflow, affecting homes that are miles inland by causing massive flood damage
Powerful earthquakes simply don’t hit Colorado very often. In fact, the largest one we’ve had in quite some time hit just six years ago, a 5.3, near Trinidad and it’s very likely you never even heard about it. Here’s a quote from the New York Times. “The largest natural earthquake in Colorado in more than a century struck Monday night in the state’s southeast corner, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.” Our thoughts are, when the largest earthquake the state has experienced in more than a century doesn’t require a lick of restoration services, it’s not really something we need to worry about!
Not every place on the planet is so lucky. The second most expensive natural disaster in history was an earthquake that hit Japan in 1995, the Kobe earthquake. It killed 6,500 people and cost more than $100 billion dollars.
What could be more destructive than a $100 billion earthquake? The one-two punch of an earthquake and tsunami. That’s what happened to Japan on March 11, 2011, when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast, causing a 120 foot tall tsunami that causes the need for restoration services as far as six miles inland. While there weren’t any deaths directly associated with the earthquake, approximately 20,000 people were killed by the wave that hit more than an hour after the earthquake occurred. (In terms of death, the 2004 tsunami off the coast of Indonesia dwarfs the Japanese tragedy, with more than 235,000 people killed by the water.)
When most of us think of landslides in our country, California comes to mind. Now you might wonder why California has such problems with landslides. After all, there are plenty of houses in Colorado’s foothills, and you never hear about them being victims to landslides.
The difference, it turns out, is with California’s geology. The hills in California aren’t nearly as old as those you’ll find in many locations in the country. This means that the houses in California are built on relatively-new sediment that hasn’t compacted into the hardest types of rock, and the frequent earthquakes don’t do anything to help the bedrock stay solid. When you combine the geology with the warm, torrential Pacific rains and hurricane winds that parts of the coast are subject to, it becomes obvious why the land on the hillsides gives way, leading to billions of dollars in home restoration.
There’s no doubt about it, Colorado has some beautiful geological scenery. From the Garden of the Gods to Red Rocks to the Rocky Mountains, no one can say that we lack in geologic diversity. And when it comes to underground geology, there are caves in Colorado, but certainly not of the destructive sort that plague other states.
Believe it or not, Missouri is one of the most diverse geological places on the planet. It’s full of caves (Mark Twain Cave), karsts (Ha Ha Tonka), and dissected plateaus (The Ozarks). Wanna see something really freaky? Check out this surprise sinkhole that recently opened up at one of a luxury resort. When’s the last time you heard about something like that opening up under someone’s feet here in Colorado? We’re used to water and fire restoration, but we’d have to think twice about how to handle something like that!
Don't worry about asteroids. If one hits, home restoration is going to be the least of your problems. Run!
When you think about all of that natural disasters that can kill you when you’re in other parts of the country, Colorado is looking like a pretty nice place to live! Of course, there are a few other natural disaster that we didn’t mention. Does that mean you should be frightened? Maybe a little. Check out our next blog to find out.