Wednesday, September 18, 2013

09_11_2013 Boulder Flash Flood photos... Lots of photos

The clean up from the flash floods continues. People are still being helicoptered out of the foothills only a couple of miles from us. The sound of Chinook helicopters is constant and is louder than the constant whining of the wet/dry vacs that have been going non-stop.

Simply, Boulder is wrecked.

Dave got out of the neighborhood on his bike a few days after the worst of the rain and captured some photos of the area near our home.

We live in south Boulder near Table Mesa and Broadway.  Although MANY people here are flooded with water and sewage, south Boulder was not as hard hit and the northern part (keeping in mind it's hardly a big city). Still, the devastation around us is awful. I don't want to minimize what people are going through at all by noting the south wasn't a bad. It's bad here too.

This first photo is taken on Broadway just south of Table Mesa. Locals will recognize what we know as the Shanahan Ranch. Or lake now.

This photo is taken right at our home. The flow had been far worse just 20 minutes before (Dave ran home and grabbed his camera). Still, I had never seen water here before. Who would have known it'd turn into white-water! From our front porch, we could hear the roar of the water. Pretty surprising sound from the house.
This is the Viele ditch. At least we all knew this had the purpose of carrying water. Not sure I'd ever seen water in it before. Dave is pointing to a death hole (eddy?) in the water to his left. The speed of the water was scary.
Someone with a sense of humor. I can't even recognize this place. Maybe Dave can provide some context to this photo later.
The day after 36 (Dave is standing on the Table Mesa overpass) reopened (at least into town- it was still closed out of town). The night before, this spot has 6-8' of water on it. If we had wanted to leave Boulder, we couldn't have. Trucks had cleaned all the junk off the road by the time this was taken. 
I've taken many visitors to the duck pond across the street. This is that tiny feeder of water to the pond. As the water receded, we learned that it is now covered in lovely potato sized rocks that came from somewhere. 
This is Marshall Road after the waters went down and it was passable. This is where Dave later found the 12" trout on the centerline gasping for life. :(
This is also Marshall Road. For those who have visited. This is where the Prairie Dog colony was (is?).  We'd park here and walk to the left to visit them. I fear they all may have perished as there was no high ground for them. 
Marshall Road. Though it seems intact, lots of work will be needed. 
This is Table Mesa near King Soopers after the clean up. It was not passable before the big yellow machine with a blade cleared all the rocks and debris.
This is that little ditch on Table Mesa way after the water receded.
Table Mesa at the end of the road clearing. 
Boulder Creek after it'd receded.
Unlike floods in Houston I've experienced, these flash floods come with lots of mud (and trees and rocks and houses and cars). So, even after clean up, things are pretty messy.
Residents were scrambling to divert water away from their homes. There was just so much helped, but it didn't stop the water.Still widespread flooding.
Table Mesa cleaning
New waterways showed up in unsuspecting places
It's the iconic perspective of Boulder, Colorado. The subject is not the usual happy tourist though.
Chatauqua. All public space is closed due to danger until further notice. That includes all open space, all trails, climbing, and even many of the bike/pedestrian paths.
Boulder aftermath. This is 7th and Pleasant.
Always for aesthetics...someone left a pretty cairn.
Boulder Creek
Boulder Creek continued to go where it wanted for days.
Heed the sign.
Who knew there were all these crayfish in Boulder? They were all desperately trying to find some dry ground.
Common sight.
Yeah, the over pass now hides the underpass.
That's the bike path under this bridge.
The sign has a bit more meaning now.
A neighbor a few streets away. After the waters, homes started flooding with sewage given the sewage systems were overwhelmed. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Eldo destruction - The week of Sept 11, 2013

A devastated home across the street from the Doudy Draw Trailhead off of Eldorado Drive.
The view of the ever-changed Doudy Draw. Looks more like a glacial moraine now.
Looking west across the former yard of our friend's house in Eldorado. They lost quite a chunk of their property to the "creek".  Ugh.
A land/mudslide behind a small home in Eldorado Springs. I heard the inside was basically mud and water.
Rocks and water cascading down the steps of the Eldorado Springs pool resort.
Raging creek and worried man.
Think that would stop Dave?   Bastille on the left.
A section of the Eldorado road and retaining wall washed out. Note the view of the creek through the hole below the hanging section of the rock wall. This wall is directly across the road from the Bastille. Thousands of butts have enjoyed this feature in the past.
What's left of the Eldo road  - this is about 1/4 of mile west of the Bastille.
Same spot, different angle.
The Eldorado Picnic grounds at the visitor's center are trashed.
Looking upstream from the visitor's center where rushing waters and debris crumpled a heavy steel fence.
Just uproad from the Rattlesnake Gulch Trailhead, the gulch proper turned into a massive and rock and water slide which took out this section of the park road. A new waterfall and stream now feed the main "creek".
Another view of the main washout on the road.
One more view...
The view of the road/retaining wall washout from across the "creek". How long will the new arch stand? Is it still there even today?
On the way to Eldo...just your normal Friday morning bike ride. The next day, Dave was here (Marshall Road) and rescued a 12" trout that was gasping for life on the center line of the road.