Well, Boulder and the surrounding counties have been flooded – seriously flooded – for 4 or 5 days now. Yes, I’ve lost track. Down here in the dust bowl, all we got, for 4 days of rain, was maybe an inch and a half. Still, we’ll take it. The statistics are incredible. 7,494 homes damaged, 1,502 homes destroyed, 11,700 people evacuated, 1,253 people unaccounted for, and 26 shelters open, according to CO Emergency. And these numbers are expected to change. 30 bridges are gone completely, 20 hiways are very damaged and hundreds of miles of roads are still underwater. Three towns were completely cut off – Milliken, Estes Park and Lyons. The number of people rescued from those towns is well over 10,000. Let me just say right here – Thank You, God, for the National Guard, and for all the First Responders that rushed in like the Calvary to help rescue and evacuate all the people that were affected. But the pictures that have come out of this are just incredible
This is downtown Lyons as of 3:30 pm today (09/15/2013). There were two ways to get into town. Today there was only 1 way out – helicopters. But at least they are all out, all 1200 of them.
Then some one had to say “Why does God hate Colorado?” God doesn’t hate Colorado. This flood was the result of us. Of Humans. Building houses and clearing the land in places that are too close to rivers that can becomes raging, angry creatures. This is also the result, in part, of all the fires we had earlier this year. Nothing to hold the water and/or ground in place. And finally, it’s called a 100 year flood for a reason. Everything came together all at once and Colorado got it’s own version of a perfect storm. Tomorrow’s the last day of forecasted rain, then things start warming up and drying out. Then it will start getting really ugly as the waters recede.
And yes, we had a few minutes today wondering about my brother, but they finally called my Mom and they are all safe and fine. Aunts and Uncles and cousins are safe and friends have all been heard from and are safe and well. I am indeed blessed. My prayers go out to everybody all along the Front Range affected in any way, by this storm.
This is what’s left of Hiway 7 south of Lyons…