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Pueblo Flood documentary premieres Thursday

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- It was 100 years ago on June 3rd, 1921, that the city of Pueblo was struck with a flood that devastated the city and displaced thousands. Thursday, filmmakers are premiering a documentary detailing the experiences of people affected by that monumental flood.

The co-producer of the film is Samuel Ebersole, a former professor at CSU Pueblo. Samuel outlined the day-by-day experiences that people in Pueblo lived through during the natural disaster.

"The flood really was a multi-day event," said Ebersole. "Second [day] there was flooding, the third there was the big flood. There was another small surge on the fifth, but it was really a horrific event in terms of the amount of destruction and damage that was done."

Samuel and his team were able to recover never before seen video footage of the flood from the Pueblo Library District. Through the film, Samuel is providing the general public a new look into the events in 1921.

"We found footage in the Pueblo library that was shot while the flood was happening. That was a remarkable find," Ebersole said.

The Pueblo levee was built in response to the events of 1921, and is standing to ensure events like this one never occur again.

The documentary will be shown on Rocky Mountain PBS' YouTube channel Thursday at 7 P.M.

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