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.
Wind turbines, solar panels, and biofuels—these are, to be sure, three of biggest hitters of the clean-tech movement. But for every offshore wind farm or ethanol breakthrough that grabs the headlines, a number of peculiar (to say the least), planet-saving innovations have fallen through the cracks. Until now, that is. Behold five of the weirdest clean-tech innovations we could find. Hint: One of them actually pulls drinking water right out of thin air.