The Colorado flood cleanup begins

Hundreds of Church members spent Saturday helping clean up homes damaged by massive flooding in northern Colorado.

A year’s worth of rain hit the area in four days and caused rivers and streams to overthrow their usual banks. Scores of bridges were destroyed by the raging waters.

The rivers carried mud and silt into the homes and businesses of thousands of people. Basements filled with water, and in some cases entire homes were destroyed or carried away by the water.

More than 40 people from the Berthoud ward and other nearby wards helped one victim, Kay Green, whose historic farm house filled with mud and water on Thursday night. Her home usually sits along a peaceful trickling creek. This week, that creek turned into a raging river.

Here is a picture of the bridge near her home destroyed by the water:

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The brothers and sisters involved were alerted to the need for service by messages sent out by the Loveland stake presidency and local ward leaders.

More than six feet of water and mud filled the Green basement, breaking windows and seeping into every room and closet. Here is a picture of people helping dig out the mud. You can see marks on the walls in the background from the water.

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Church members spent hours on Saturday dragging items out of the basement. Some of the furniture and family heirlooms can be saved — others had to be thrown out.

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Many other homes in the area suffered significant damage. At least four people died because of the storm, and thousands more are trapped in the nearby mountains hoping for rescue. The saga of the Colorado floods will be going on for some time.

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Geoff B has had three main careers. Some of them have overlapped. After attending Stanford University (class of 1985), he worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. In 1995, he took up his favorite and third career as father. Soon thereafter, Heavenly Father hit him over the head with a two-by-four (wielded by the Holy Ghost) and he woke up from a long sleep. Since then, he's been learning a lot about the Gospel. He still has a lot to learn. Geoff's held several Church callings: young men's president, high priest group leader, member of the bishopric, stake director of public affairs, media specialist for church public affairs, high councilman. He tries his best in his callings but usually falls short. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

6 thoughts on “The Colorado flood cleanup begins

  1. You must live not far from me. I’m in probably the next ward south or southwest. A little scary today, a busy week ahead. I don’t think we comprehend the degree to which the road infrastructure has been obliterated.

  2. Coffinberry, yeah, the only ways north and south right now between Boulder and Larimer Counties are 287 (which is blocked at 119) and I-25. I spent some time today visiting about 20 families in southern Larimer county, and all of the roads are out except for those two. This is going to be a mess for a long, long time.

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