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Laura Evacuated

I just got a call from Gary. Laura has been evacuated and
will catch a shuttle to Denver to stay with Gary's family.
Her bridge is unsafe and has huge sink holes around it.
(this is the private bridge into her property.) I feel so

Laura will certainly have a story to tell all of us when
she gets to a computer. I am sure this is an adventure she
could have done without. Gary said the house is still standing and we don't know how much damage has been done.
Gary is driving to Denver to help.

I am so relieved. I have been watching the news and hearing
all the stories. We are not strangers to the damage mother
nature can do.

posted on Sept 15, 2013 11:35 AM ()


What an ordeal! Just glad you are safe.
comment by dragonflyby on Sept 18, 2013 12:44 PM ()
That comment was for Laura...
Jeri- thanks for posting this.
reply by dragonflyby on Sept 18, 2013 12:45 PM ()
Great news that Jon has posted , so glad she's ok , watching the flood on TV along with the police discussing it was a worry . She sure will have a story to tell us
comment by kevinshere on Sept 15, 2013 6:37 PM ()
We got that e mail and are grateful.
reply by elderjane on Sept 16, 2013 6:58 AM ()
read this and glad that she is okay after that horrible flooding there and it is not over
Received this information.
comment by fredo on Sept 15, 2013 2:58 PM ()
No, the flooding is not over and it always leaves a lot of devastation in it's
wake. I am hoping no mud got in the cabins.
reply by elderjane on Sept 16, 2013 6:59 AM ()
Anyone cotacts Laura tell her we are pulling for her! And Gary! And th cat!
comment by greatmartin on Sept 15, 2013 2:22 PM ()
I was surprised we heard from her so soon but then we are part of her
reply by elderjane on Sept 16, 2013 7:00 AM ()
Thanks Jon for posting it.
comment by elderjane on Sept 15, 2013 1:01 PM ()
So very relieved that Laura and Eloise are evacuated. Thank you, Jeri and Jon, for this welcome news!
comment by marta on Sept 15, 2013 11:55 AM ()
Laura's message...

I’ve been evacuated to Estes Park and free shuttle this afternoon to Denver. Gary is in Las Vegas, his cousins are going to come get me.

I was having a good time, house is fine, and I had all the comforts of home with the generator. They said on TV no more rescues today, so I delayed draining my water system, and now it’s probably going to freeze over the winter.

However, I did clean out the fridge and freezer, even shop vacced out the water in the bottom of the freezer.

They gave me 10 minutes to get it together, including catching the cat. Damn! That plumbing is going to bug me! I had the air compressor ready to hook to a hose on the outside faucet and a hose on the water heater to drain it.
The hot water heat has antifreeze, so it will probably be okay. Maybe we’ll have a warm fall.

I did manage to blow out the pipes of the Brown Palace yesterday (long story about that). It’s raining hard again today, and the river will no doubt rise, but maybe no higher than before. Some water got into the living room and kitchen, but not too bad. Water broke a hole in the foundation next to the fireplace and ran straight through the crawl space, maybe saving the house. There is a permanent new stream just outside the living window and I was surprised the front porch didn’t get washed away, but the corner posts seem to be supported by good large rocks.

Rabbit Creek was running at least 10 feet deep, overflowing the end of the culvert, and it gouged out all the dirt and sand right in front of the concrete drive so we couldn’t drive the cars out even if there was a place to go. The bridge is still there and seems steady, but the dirt washed out at each end, the far end was a waterfall of water from Rabbit Creek and the driveway over there is five feet lower than the bridge. The fishing bench is caught on the arch by the red cabin. The red cabin is still there, but probably got wet inside. I couldn’t get over to look at it until they were hustling me out.

The bank outside the dining room window was getting cut away by the water, so I put an old wheelbarrow down there to break up the waves. It didn’t get a true test because the river went down, but I think it did some good. It has an old garden hose tied to it, and wrapped around a tree so we can retrieve it. When I cleaned out the refrigerator, I threw all the food into the river. I handed a box of food to the fireman and he said Ma’am, we can’t take too much stuff, as if he was afraid I was trying to save my groceries. I said, No, throw it in the river. He no doubt thought that was non-environmental , but hell, there’s been whole houses go down that river in the last couple of days. So he set the box on the bank, and I went out there and threw it in myself.

There are probably a lot of things I didn’t get around to doing, but I got 90% of my winter checklist done. This is the first time the cabin will have to go through a winter without heating, and who knows how it will do. I had the fireman shut down both propane tanks (generator and house).

I had put out my sign so they wouldn’t rescue me too soon by chopper, and the fireman gathered it up when I sent him out to shut off the propane.

That’s it. And the cat is fine.
comment by jondude on Sept 15, 2013 11:43 AM ()

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