9.11.2014

Boulder's Natural Disaster - 1 Year Later


I remember that Monday evening on September 9th, 2013, when it started to drizzle just before I had to ride home on my bike from work.  I had on my very new pair of crystal Miu Miu sandals and was agonizing over the fact that they would be getting wet on their first outing.  The soft rain turned into a steady paced flow and continued through Tuesday into Wednesday and then...at 9:00 p.m. as I was driving back home I crossed a body of water that came straight over the hood of my Jeep.  Imagine if you will sitting in the drivers seat (3rd picture below) and realizing this wasn't just a rain anymore.  It was the beginning of a natural disaster that would immobilize the city of Boulder for no less than 5 days. In the middle of Wednesday night you could continually hear what sounded like gun shots, they were large rocks that were being dislodged from the stream nearby hitting cars and anything that stood in their path.  In the early early morning hours of Thursday, CU officially closed and would remain closed for the next 3 days and cancelled a College Football game.  I really couldn't believe what I saw when I woke up Thursday and walked around the neighborhood.  Chaos would be an understatement.  This is what I saw and this is how we helped several of our neighbors dig out from the horrible bacteria filled mud that came with the National Disaster that hit Boulder, CO on September 10th, 2013.

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The hood of my Jeep going into the river of water.
The river.
Wednesday night 10:00 p.m.
The car moved by the flow of water, Thursday morning.
A backhoe diverting water around the car that was stuck on a rock so it could be towed.
Below the car above.
 More cars moved by the force of the flood.
Those rocks that sounded like gun shots in the middle of the night.

This is a street not a stream normally.

Where the water goes.
Pavement uprooted by the food from the above stream which lost its bridge.


 The bridge.
 Stream where the bridge used to be.
 Digging out the neighbors house.
 Moving mud for another neighbor who was flooded.
 Hunter Boots - what I lived in during the Boulder Natural Disaster of 2013.

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    1. Yes, it was one of the more surreal moments I have experienced.

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