The massive flash flooding that hit the Colorado Front Range, and did considerable damage to roads and towns from Boulder through Lyons, Longmont, Ft Collins and out to Greeley and the eastern plains is still causing problems. There were large mud and rock slides that continued for days following the flash floods that occurred on August 12, 2013, and the damage to roadways and homes continues today. Up in Boulder Canyon, in some areas, new deep canyon walls of dirt, loose trees and boulders are hanging loosely suspended on bedrock above the roads that were recently repaired. Engneers warn that freeze thawing can dislodge some of this unanchored terrain that sits suspended above roadways. Until enough slow growth emerges over years that again anchors these loose soil areas, these new canyons of loose debris poses a risk to travelers. Fortunately dryer weather has lessened the amount of mud sitting on the bedrock surface making these new loose slopes a bit more stable, for now. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles of damaged and washed out roadways still pose risks in some remaining areas. On one road, that had been submerged in water for the last three weeks in eastern Boulder County, now that the water has gone down, the washed out subsurface below the pavement is giving way, and new areas of pavement are calving off, nearly a month after the flash floods. Drivers are expected to use caution while driving on county roads that may be open, but not yet fully repaired, due to the subsurface instability. While many destroyed homes have been removed from their foundations, others have not, and still pose an instability hazard to passers-by who fail to yield to caution tape and signs posted to prohibit access. While many lives have been saved by joint efforts of local, State and Federal, and voluntary community partners and first responders, many more dislocated survivors are only now picking up the pieces of their lives, collecting their few remaining possessions, and are moving-on to other places now called home to many recent flood victims.
If you want to donate to continuing relief efforts: contact the American Red Cross.