It’s Saturday. Right now the sun is out after a week of steady and sometimes heavy rains with widespread flooding. A “once-in-a-hundred years” kind of rainstorm. Some are even calling the rains and flooding “biblical.”
Well no, we’re not at that stage yet, but it is a very serious situation, especially with more rain forecast for today and tomorrow some of it predicted to be heavy at times. More rain is like the absolute last thing we need right now. Here in Jefferson County we’re under a flood warning and flash flood watch both today and tomorrow.
Road closures have been the least of the problems so far. 4 people have died in the floods and as of this morning, 172 people are unaccounted for. May all those who are currently missing turn up alive and safe as quickly as possible and in the coming days.
Some pictures from the last few days:
From Evergreen, 9/13:
When I first saw these pictures I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I used to live in Evergreen and have been going up there as far back as 1965 and had worked in this building from 1992 – ’95. There used to be a restaurant called the River Sage there until 1998 and they had the patio until they closed and Cactus Jack’s took it over. I can remember sitting out there above the creek; we’d watch the spring run-off from the mountains when the creek levels would be very high, but I’d never seen them this high before.
So far, Erin and I have been extremely fortunate where we live – Golden has not been hit hard with the amount of rainfall here and we live on a ridge high above town – but many others have not been so lucky. Much of the flooding has been to the north of us, Boulder up to Estes Park, Lyons, Longmont, and Loveland all the way to east of I-25 onto the plains.
Parts of Denver and Aurora have been affected as well and now they’re saying that an area of 4,500 square miles has been impacted by the floods. Yes, it is widespread and it is really that bad. With the exception of a couple of years in Dallas, I’ve lived here since 1992 and I haven’t seen anything like this here.
Clouds have been building to the north and west now, over the mountains to the immediate west of Golden; it’s become darker and the wind has picked up. It smells like rain.
Everyone stay safe out there…