Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Flood Recovery...

What a day. I don't think I could have imagined just how bad the flooding had been in certain neighborhoods in our town if I hadn't seen it myself. I'm still shaking my head. The rushing flood waters were so strong that it washed away the earth beneath these railroad tracks.


And, yes, that's an army vehicle laying on its side. It was used to evacuate people, but was carried downstream and turned on its side.


Today my husband bought some high power pumps, and I went door to door in one of the hardest hit neighborhoods asking if they would like our help to pump water out of their basement. Each time it took only minutes to find someone who took me up on my offer. We helped two families. One had water at least four feet up their basement walls. Each pump shot out 150 gallons of water a minute and it took 2.5 hours to empty their basement. You do the math. {That's a lot of water.} You can see how high the water level reached from this photo of their garage...


I know I'm a little weird about this, but I found it fascinating how much water came out of the pumps...


Our son flew in from California just to help with the recovery efforts. He's such an amazing young man. I'm so grateful for his giving nature. We didn't make an impact on a lot of people as we worked, but we did make a huge impact on a few. So gratifying.



These families have a long way to go, but I was so struck by their indomitable spirit. It was inspiring the way these families -- so affected by this flood -- were moving along with determined attitudes and smiles on their faces.

9 comments:

margaret said...

Suzanne you are being such a help to these poor people whose homes have been so badly damaged, such a shame that there are not more wonderful people like you, your husband and son in this world of ours.

Candise said...

I greatly appreciate your posts and photos. You do a great job of reverently and realistically describing and showing the devastation and destruction in your area. My heart goes out to those literally as well as figuratively "digging out". I have had what I consider some significant trials lately, however this is a healthy reminder of how much I have been blessed with! Thanks so much for sharing.

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Gosh, such destruction! Best wishes to everyone involved in the cleanup!

daisy said...

God bless all of you who are helping and those who need the help!

ga447 said...

Thank you Thank you for all your help in the great state of CO. The residence are grateful. A relative of my lost their home with hurricane Sandy and has stage 4 cancer. It is the mold that people have to worry about. One of the blogger had to move out of her home because flooding made her house so bad.

Suzanne said...

Thank you all for your kind words. I'm just one of thousands giving a helping hand. I'm so impressed with how our community has come together to help those more affected by this flood.

I think one commenter is right -- the mold is something to worry about, but not as much in Colorado as I some other states. Typically, we don't have mold in Colorado because of the very low humidity here. Of course that hasn't been the case this week. I've felt like I've been living in Louisiana this week because of all the moisture, and with all this moisture I'm sure mold might become a problem here too.

Julie said...

Good to hear about mold not normally being a problem. It is the only thing we think about here, but glad to hear maybe, just maybe, the dry air there will prevail. God bless you guys for all you are doing to help others!

C-ingspots said...

Bless your hearts for helping those where you can. You're right about making a huge difference, even if it's only 1 person, giving from the heart makes all the difference in the world. I've been following along with so many others watching the horrendous and unbelievable devastation on the news. It's so tragic, and then in some ways, so uplifting seeing how people come together and triumph over such catastrophes. The human spirit will prevail. God's blessings to you all, and may the sun shine on everyone's efforts.

Gail Wilson said...

The picture of the railroad tracks is unbelievable. These communities have such a long road ahead of them. I'm amazed at your resolve, and applaud your hard work to help those less fortunate Suzanne. I'm not surprised your son came in to help... look what his parents are doing. Kids learn by example. ;)