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Colorado Flood steals our Color : September 2013

It’s hard to explain exactly what we’ve been through the last two weeks with the Colorado floods. It is surreal. It has been daily triage to either try to stop the flood, minimize damage, or try to recover in some small way. There is silt everywhere, mold growing, tons of soil to muck out as we try to clean up. It is overwhelming, too overwhelming to put into words right now when each day has been a struggle to keep up, or to stay one step ahead of more mayhem.

So I’ll start with some images to show what our small creek, Left Hand Creek, looked like and why we loved it here. I’ll show the barn/workshop that i’ve spent two years renovating and making into a workshop space for my sons and myself. Then I’ll show you some of the images afterwards of the mayhem and how this place was transformed from an emerald garden, into a moonscape that is moist and full of bacteria and mold, and water that still flows uncomfortably close.

The yard at various times of year.

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The barn (actually a stable) was open on one side. I got caught by the county for enclosing it without permits. Boulder County has been a thorn in my side, not the least of which is because they didn’t like my designs for flood doors, which I believe could have minimized our damage had they let me continue my work.

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The rest of these images are of the flood impact on our land, some from the beginning, some right after showing my studio full of mud, and others as waters receded a little bit. There is a big contrast between the images, what we expect to encounter each time we come here, and what we are confronted with. Even tonight having worked in my studio late, pulling down walls and encountering mold growing, I feel another wave of overwhelm. I work at full-tilt hoping to set things right, and still trying to comprehend that recovery will be anything but quick here.

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