Last summer our state was on fire. So many devastating fires, so many homes lost and unfortunately a few lives lost. This summer it seemed to start off that same way. Things tapered off a bit and we had a weird but good summer. We had rain here and there and then days of heat. This past week while we went from 90 F one day to 65 F the next day. In came the rain & clouds from across the mountains.
Wednesday night I went to teach confirmation. I love teaching the 5th graders & was ready to kick off the new year. It was chilly & damp, raining off and on all day. During the last 20 minutes of class, the rain came pouring down. I mean torrents of rain. I was trying to make my way home, dashing to the car in between bursts of down pours. I live 2 miles from my church but the roads were crazy flooded. One car stalled, you couldn't see the road because they were flooded with buckets of rain, and driving was nerve-wracking to say the least. I made it home safely, happy to be inside with no where pressing to go.
It rained the whole night, wind whipping against the windows. The next day images like the one above kept appearing. This is just down the road from me. Dams are breaking, roads are being washed out, rivers have taken over control, and lives have been lost. We are safe & sound. The sump pump has been running continuously so blessedly no flooding in our basement. We did have leaks in our roof but again we are blessed for it was over our porch. We had a quick repair man come out to seal the roof tiles before more rain could get in. Our family and friends have had some scary moments, power outages, and basically trapped in their homes. It's just so devastating. Complete towns being evacuated, lives lost, people unaccounted for, homes & businesses demolished.
This video is from Rick & Cheryl Grisby, owners of Rocky Mountain Memories in Estes Park. The town is flooded and the river has caused much damage. Blessedly the store & their cabin which sits right next to the river has no damage. They are safe but more rain is expected. It's hard to sit & watch, not being able to do anything. I keep seeing the rescue planes flying overhead and it just breaks my heart.
I am safe but others are not. Prayers are welcomed for this area. We need them as more rain is coming our way. A big thank you to those who have reached out to me to make sure we are safe. I am truly truly blessed to know you care so much.