It was so good to wake up to sunshine today, having seen so much rain in Colorado the past week. In case you haven’t followed the news stories over the weekend, we’ve had an enormous amount of rainfall the past several days with devastating floods. One even said the rain was in “biblical” proportions. I know, as long as I’ve lived here, since 1969, I haven’t seen this much rainfall in a short span of days.
Colorado typically has storms that last an hour or two and then pass. They usually come in the spring and later in the summer, during the monsoon season ― not in September. But, this downpour came and parked itself over the mountains and outlying areas.
It rained nonstop for 4-5 days, with relief coming in short, intermittent periods. It was as if someone turned on a shower, full force. USA Today reported last Friday that with a soaking most of the week and no end in sight, “up to 10 inches fell in an area from the Wyoming border southward to the foothills west of Denver.” Interesting, as our climate is naturally dry.
Historic Colorado flood of 2013:
It not only flooded in the mountains but mostly along the Front Range in Denver, Boulder, Loveland, Aurora and surrounding communities. It was noted in one of the news broadcasts that the flood covers an area about the same size as the state of Connecticut.
We were lucky and weren’t slammed like so many from this rain and flooding. We got rain and, at times, it was heavy but we’re not close to a river or stream nor susceptible to clogged roadway drains. Many were affected. I see it all around my state. It’s frightening to hear stories of rising waters with the sounds of trees cracking, rocks tumbling and debris slamming into bridges.
Here’s an example of one of the many flash floods and a rescue in the mountains:
There is not going to be a quick fix. It will take time for families, communities and businesses to realize some sense of normalcy. This year, across the US, many communities had calamities from hurricanes on the east coast and tornadoes in the Midwest to major fires in the west ― Colorado included.
What can you do? Wrap your arms around your family and the ones most important to you and hold them tight. Love them and be thankful for what you still have. Then, look for where you can begin to pick up the pieces the best way you know how. There will be many helping hands reaching out to give aid and encouragement. Take baby steps ― it’s going to take time. But, soon the sun will shine again.
God bless my fellow Coloradoans facing these challenges today and the days to come. I pray you will find the strength and resources to carry you through.
Pat from the ol’ kitchen table