Washed-out roads and bridges, helicopters evacuating the elderly, thousands of submerged homes—the fallout from Colorado’s historic flood has truly been catastrophic.
Roughly 18,000 homes around the state have been damaged and, to date, eight lives have been lost. At least 1,000 people stranded in remote areas are still waiting to be evacuated. And more than a dozen counties have been declared disaster areas, with officials estimating that 4,500 square miles have been affected—an area almost as big as Connecticut.
But how does Colorado’s “biblical” flood compare to past U.S. floods? Here’s a quick peek at five of the worst floods in American history.