Saturday, September 14, 2013

Flood Clean-Up Underway...


Yesterday I showed some photos on my blog about the "500 Year Flood" in Colorado. I've never been in any type of clean-up effort for a natural disaster before today, so when we got a call around noon to help a member of our church whose home had flooded I went in the clothes I had on and put on my new tennis shoes. About two seconds after arriving, my feet looked like this...


I won't show you what I looked like when we finished the job. For the record my tennies are white, and I was wearing white low cut socks that you can hardly see when my shoes are on. I had gone to this house with the assumption we would be clearing water out of a basement, but we realized rather quickly the task was much larger than that...


These homes back up against a beautiful creek that turned into a muddy river that flooded this neighborhood. Homes had anywhere from a few inches to 8 feet of water and mud in their basements. We were asked to help remove the mud from a culdesac that is maintained by the neighborhood homeowners association. This culdesac is just off a street that is maintained by the city. When we arrived there was about a foot of mud in the culdesac and the driveways of the houses. We worked with shovels, snow shovels and push brooms to move that mud away from the houses, down the culdesac, and onto the city street where city trucks could come and remove it. It was a long culdesac...


Our task was made a little easier when four-wheelers with snow plows were brought in to help move the mud...


I've never seen mud that has the consistancy of velvety dipping chocolate until today. Amazing. By the time we left the culdesac was mostly clear of mud. As we worked I didn't imagine that we would ever see the pavement, but sure enough it was there...


There may be more photos like this as I help with cleanup efforts throughout our town. Most of the roads have been reopened in Longmont and the waters are receding. It's so odd to drive through areas that look perfectly normal and then go to areas that are devastated. So sad, but I'm thankful that many areas were spared. It'll feel good to work in the other areas and try to make a difference.

11 comments:

Southern Gal said...

Praying for your part of the country.

margaret said...

people are so wonderful when they turn out to help those less fortunate than themselves, it is at times like this I realise the world is not such a bad place as the press like to portray it.
I pray there will be no more floods and the community can get back to normal soon without losing too many posessions etc

Fran Kingston Dill said...

My sister lives in Boulder, we have been praying for all of you.

Dara Lynn said...

Prayers to all....the days ahead will be long...but faith will get them through today and the weeks and months ahead. We understand the shock and awe of mother nature....sometimes it seems you cannot wrap your mind around the power of these storms. I do....I live in Moore OKlahoma.

Pamela Rosenberg said...

I could have guessed. You would be out helping This story is very relateable to me too. Our city experienced a 500 year flood in 2008. Like you I had never experienced disaster first hand. Although our home was not touched it was devastating to our community. I wrote a post a month later, a year later and two years later to document our recovery that you might eventually find interesting. Floods are worse than tornados and hurricanes and fire II think, because so many people don't have flood insurance. The smells and what floods leave behind are also something I never thought about before. It is amazing how willing people are to help and you will witness's countless events that will restore your faith in people. Bless you and your friends the people in Cedar Rapids Iowa feel your pain and are sending prayers and probably money

Hugs
Pam @ Becolorful

Suzanne said...

Thank you all for these nice, inspiring comments. I have seen countless acts of kindness these last few days. For the most part, the best comes out in people in situations like this. I appreciate your support so much. - Suzanne

Crafting Queen said...

Sending prayers for all who have been affected.

jules said...

oh my goodness! May the Lord bless these people. My heart sank when I began reading your post. (shaking head)

Let them know that we are praying for them and that they are safe throughout all of this!

jules said...

oh my goodness! May the Lord bless these people. My heart sank when I began reading your post. (shaking head)

Let them know that we are praying for them and that they are safe throughout all of this!

Chris said...

Hi Suzanne,:) I have been away on vacation with the family, just read your last two posts! OH MY!! My heart goes out to all those affected by the flood. I was happy to hear you all were ok and to hear about what a blessing you are being to others who have been hit by all that water. It is encouraging to see how neighbors and the community reach out to help each other during times like these. I remember when we were hit by Hurricane Isabell several years ago. We lost power for over a week, trees down EVERYWHERE, nothing opened to buy food or gas...it was a mess; and yet the folks in the community began to reach out to one another sharing generators, helping to clear the trees, providing food for one another...it was a blessing in the midst of such devastation! I prayed for you all this morning, may the Lord give strength to each of you and provide for all your needs! HUGS to you!!!

Gail Wilson said...

so happy that those who have been spared all the devastation are rolling up their sleeves (and donning their new tennis shoes) to help out.
Hoping for some sunny days ahead!

gail