As some of you may know I was to be in Estes Park for their Art Festival this past weekend. Thurs. morning it began raining terribly and I communicated with one of the organizers of the show to get some feedback. She decided that possibly she would contact especially those coming from out of state since they would be in the process of leaving if not already headed our direction that she felt that it was going to be too wet to even set up our tents much less have the traffic expected.
Luckily we did not make that journey up the Big Thompson Canyon that next day and also woke to find Greeley and surrounding area a virtual lake. We watched as it crept closer to our hill we reside on and wondered about those unfortunate enough to live along the Platte River which was already well beyond its banks.
It has been so sad to see the homeless, the destruction and the death of several people caught in this completely unexpected experience. We had been experiencing so much drought this summer that I don't feel anyone could have anticipated what has happened.
Today is the first bit of sunshine we have had since last Wed. but all it does is let us see the destruction around us.
The canyon I love so much is destroyed in places and people are dead, missing or have had their homes and all belongings wiped away....it is almost too much to comprehend. I pray that the people in small towns like Lyons, Estes, Evans and even Orchard and beyond can come together and let those of us that did not feel the lose help....right now though it seems so massive. Those that were on the flood plain will probably not be allowed to rebuild and a lot did not even have flood insurance. A count updated today was that it damaged 19,000 homes.
Please pull up the newscast on internet and even on Facebook for the pictures taken from the air, it will blow you over but hopefully it will also make you feel grateful....not for the possessions that you have but for the loved ones you have.