We are all fine - no flooding here at our house or Matt and Jacquelyn's house. Our only loss is our garden - which is very sad but not near the devastation that others are feeling. We feel very fortunate compared to some of the other areas in the city. Estes Park, Lyons, Longmont, and Boulder all had many people that had to be evacuated. Aurora was hit hard as well. We did have some friends that we know in Boulder who lost a lot as the whole bottom half of their house was under water. It is so sad! I'm sure you've seen pictures on TV of all the destruction. One photo I saw on FB that's been going around shows a rain cloud over Denver. It was taken from someone in an airplane and it's insane looking!
Here at our house we had a lot of rain and hail at the beginning of the seven day rain stretch, but it tapered significantly after the first day or so. Here are some pictures of the hail storm. I already posted several of these on Face Book.
A few days later I went down to Clear Creek in Downtown Golden to check it out. The creek was very high but fully contained thankfully. You can see the creek and the road in this picture. It is usually a lot lower and people crowd along the rock wall to watch kayackers.
You can't quite tell, but there is a crazy kayacker on the creek while I'm videoing.
On my way home I drove past the street where Matt and Jacquelyn live. There is a big culvert that is under construction right now. It was flooded and looked like a river. It actually ate away a parking lot near by and a truck was swallowed by the water. It's still there.
A few days later our gutters were so full that it was just like a waterfall coming off of them. The water came up quick but also quickly went down when the rain let up. Luckily, it did not reach our windows.
We are so happy that it's back to good old sunny Colorado now. There is a lot of work to be done across the state. News anchors are calling this the 500 year storm. No one here can remember a worse flood in their time. It reminds me of the flood of '93 in Kansas City. We are praying for the families left without homes and even some without their loved ones. We hope to be able to provide some kind of help in the near future. If you think of it, please say a prayer for the people of Colorado as they work to put their lives back together.