You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted in awhile. We had an amazing long weekend in Yosemite camping, hiking and climbing the second week of September. The fires were 80% contained and the air quality was pretty good. The 2 1/2 days that I was in Colorado right before I left for California were wet – it drizzled pretty much non-stop, but I didn’t think anything of it. I woke up Thursday morning in sunny California to about 4 weather warning notifications on my phone for flash floods. My friend from Santa Rosa, CA texted me to ask if we were ok from all of the flooding. I checked Facebook and friends from Boulder posted about all of the rain. I was told that it had not stopped raining on Wednesday and it poured harder overnight – I think it rained 6″ overnight. I checked the news and some mountain roads had washed out, people were being evacuated from their homes, houses were washing away, the rivers were flowing vigorously, many roads were closed, businesses shut down, people were kayaking down the streets. The rain kept coming. It was hard to keep focused on my vacation as I was wondering how my dogs were and how my house was fairing – friends stopped by and we had water in the basement. We arrived safely home on Sunday night and had to take one detour home, we were too exhausted to check out our basement. The next day we looked at the basement damag and it appeared that it wasn’t too bad – just some wet carpet. We were proved wrong: we are now in the midst of an entire basement remodel. Most of the carpet/padding was saturated and several rooms’ drywall and insulation was ruined. All of the carpet is out and several walls are down to the wood studs. We have been working on our basement every night after work.
Many counties in northern Colorado have been hit hard by this flood. Several towns were evacuated and many remain unlivable. In Thompson Canyon heading up to the mountain 80% of the roads were washed away, and the river has now rerouted itself. Instead of it taking 1 hour to get to the town of Estes Park from Boulder it will now take 4 hours because of the road damage. Other canyon roads are 20% damaged. Nearly all of the climbing areas are shut down. Many people lost their homes – either because they were washed away or because they were damaged badly by the water and mud. Everybody is working on rebuilding and helping each other out, which is great to see!