I’m sure you’ve all heard we are innundated with precipitation here in Colorado. After months of bone-dry weather, we have more rain that we know what to do with.
Even though Clear Creek is a bit swollen, most of Golden is essentially safe from the flooding. Our home is up on a hill, so the chance of a flood hitting our neighborhood is pretty minimal. There is a part of town, Coal Creek, that suffered quite a lot of damage, though. And another nearby river, Bear Creek in Morrison, had about nine feet of water flowing, indicating it’s near flood levels (that isn’t at flood levels??)
It’s nothing like what’s unfortunately happening in Boulder, which is one of my favorite towns on the Front Range. It’s tragic that this beautiful place is being destroyed by walls of water, mud and debris. Even worse, three people have died, two in Boulder and one in Colorado Springs, but 20 people have been reported missing. It’s scary.
We’re also getting frequent Emergency Alert System announcements through TV, radio and the cell phone, and that’s a little disconcerting.
This is what it looked like near downtown Denver, at a place called Confluence Park, where Cherry Creek (normally a concrete channel with half-foot deep stream and an elevated bike path) flows into the Platte River:
One thing I wish I had captured on video was the blooming idiot who was trying to paddleboard down the Platte, moments before I took these pictures below. I think I was too stunned that someone would even try such a dangerous and ridiculous thing to turn on my camera.
Here are some from the Platte’s banks:
OK, maybe even I was a little idiotic to go so close to flooding water like this. But in a decade-plus I’ve been in Colorado, I’ve never seen water like this after a rainstorm.
We have a shop-worn saying here: If you don’t like the weather, just a wait a couple of hours.
Now we have to wait a couple of weeks…or maybe 40 days, God forbid.