Results 1 to 52 of 52
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography

    I went back there to see if things have improved. And to document flooded buildings for clients. Well...Boulder Creek was about 2 feet higher than yesterday and there were still streets posing as rivers.

    You know that bridge you cross when you ride High Plains? Got this shot through the car window as I drove past.



    South Boulder Creek was running out of its banks south of Boulder. There was debris across the road indicating how high it had been last night.



    Everywhere I drove there was debris.



    Flatirons looked good as usual.



    Many homeowners had minor to major flooding as the curbs overflowed last night. This guy said he was flooded twice.



    Alleys were scoured by the rushing water last night. These divits were three feet deep in spots.



    Attempts to divert the water were on every block (up on The Hill)



    Yet another blocked farmer's ditch. It went from wet street to river in just a few feet. As me and the cop talked, a dad and his son forded the river. Me and the cop looked at each other and he said "we can't save everyone". I said, I'll get a pic as he and his son go flowing downhill.



    A lot of homeowners access was obliterated from the high water.



    The overflow from that blocked farmer's ditch a few blocks down the road.



    I spoke with this CU professor lady. She'd been berming up her block with neighbors and volunteers for 24 hours. Most houses just got minor flooding. If the water had gone where it was supposed to (inside the ditch), no problem. But that was happening all over Boulder.







    Folks trading flood stories. The sun had come out by this time! Notice how they're standing in running water.



    That flooded bench near the library I showed you yesterday got even more flooded last night.



    Yup, Boulder Creek was even higher today (what a sound it made!). Debris showed that it was 3-4' higher last night.





    It was spooky being on this bridge. The water level was just under the bottom of the bridge (there was debris on TOP of the bridge from last night). It made weird sounds. There were sounds like somebody throwing a huge rock into the water but it was just what was coming downstream. You could hear rocks rolling around under the water.



    Boulder High School's athletic field was a lake, not just from the rain but from overflow from Boulder Creek there.



    Last thing I did, I went up to the police road block preventing travel up Boulder Canyon. I walked past multiple news crews to the other side of the raging water. Trust me, there were so many water courses coming down it was just one big freakin' water slide over there. I went down to what appeared to be a large debris flow.





    More like a landslide. The mountain had moved down, took out some power poles (thankfully the power had been cut or I would be posting these pics from heaven). What a mess. It took out two or three buildings completely. Tough to tell--it almost looked like one big building that had been torn into three pieces.



    Either a building owner or a tenant was there, totally stressed out. She wanted to break a window and reach in to grab something she really wanted. The whole slope was very unstable. I sunk up to my hip in one step and needed help to get out. Getting anywhere near the building was risking too much.



    You'll be seeing this landslide story on the news. A bigtime newspaper photog was there doing the same shots I was. All day I was either walking in mud or flowing water.

    As I finish typing this, it started raining again. Enough!!
    Last edited by xcguy; 09-14-2013 at 05:16 AM.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  2. #2
    Rolling
    Reputation: lidarman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    11,115
    Cliff Grassmick of the Daily Camera has some crazy pix out there showing similar kinds of damage.

    ...and related, there is a property tax increase vote coming up for Boulder County Road repairs that was being debated on how to pay for it. I guess this flood will end the debate since a lot of stuff in Boulder County WILL have to be repaired.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    1,587
    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman View Post
    Cliff Grassmick of the Daily Camera has some crazy pix out there showing similar kinds of damage.

    ...and related, there is a property tax increase vote coming up for Boulder County Road repairs that was being debated on how to pay for it. I guess this flood will end the debate since a lot of stuff in Boulder County WILL have to be repaired.
    The road repairs across the Front Range will cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars. I live in Coal Creek Canyon, and Highway 72 is simply gone in several places. Budget $10 Million + just for that one highway.

  4. #4
    lucky enough
    Reputation: cocavaak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    855

    Up the hill from me in Boulder

    I took a stroll up the hill today to check out some local hiking trails.
    There were several landslides along the slopes.

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day2-1.jpg

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day2-4.jpg

    Lots of rocks in an area where a guy had died. Rescue guys were still looking for the girl who was missing.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day2-2.jpg


    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day2-3.jpg

    A jeep that had lost a battle with a landslide.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day2-5.jpg

    Heard from a neighbor that four teens were in this car. A girl got out, slipped and was washed away. A guy went after her and his was the body that was found yesterday. We heard they found her body later today. RIP
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day2-6.jpg

    Another slide
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day2-7.jpg

    Rock debris burying a shed
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day2-8.jpg

    A mudslide hit this house last night. A window was broken and mud filled their house. The owners managed to find their way out after some confusion.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day2-9.jpg

    This is the upper part of the slide that hit them.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day2-10.jpg
    "Don't take life so serious, son . . . it ain't no how permanent." - Porky Pine

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    Everywhere I drove there were sections of side roads, main roads or highways gone. It was freaky driving past all the undocumented damage. Some did have yellow tape but very few. There just aren't enough backhoes and manpower to get to all this stuff unless outside help starts pouring in. And outside money.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    1,587
    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    Everywhere I drove there were sections of side roads, main roads or highways gone. It was freaky driving past all the undocumented damage. Some did have yellow tape but very few. There just aren't enough backhoes and manpower to get to all this stuff unless outside help starts pouring in. And outside money.

    This is a big, big event. There isn't enough heavy equipment, road base and concrete on the Front Range to fix all of these roads before it starts snowing. I expect we'll see a lot of temporary bridges, and roads that go unpaved until next year.

    I'm not kidding, Highway 72 in Coal Creek Canyon is a mess. Multiply that by 20 other state highways, and add in the county and local roads, plus the driveways and access roads. It would be good to be a gravel provider or dump truck driver right now.

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    152
    Amazing pics...and very depressing

  8. #8
    Ride Everything
    Reputation: GRAVELBIKE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    2,818
    These are heartbreaking.
    GRAVELBIKE.COM - ride everything

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    66
    showing the true power of Mother Nature. Never would have thought water good be so destructive.


    - Dave

  10. #10
    Oh, So Interesting!
    Reputation: davec113's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    4,334
    Thanks for posting xcguy.

    Has anyone seen if Flatirons Subaru at Cherryvale and Arapaho is under water? They were working on my car and I went to pick it up Wednesday night but it wasn't done so they gave me a loaner. They said it was ok to keep the loaner on Thursday but nobody answered the phone today, not even a answering machine...
    .




    Strava: turn off your dork logger when you're not on sanctioned trails.

  11. #11
    bacon! bacon! bacon!
    Reputation: SkaredShtles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    11,958
    Quote Originally Posted by squidward View Post
    showing the true power of Mother Nature. Never would have thought water good be so destructive.

    - Dave
    Water is *the* single most destructive agent on the planet. And it's relentless.

  12. #12
    lucky enough
    Reputation: cocavaak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    855
    Story about the Subaru I took a picture of above. I'm dumbstruck. So very sad.

    Boulder flood victims were teen couple returning home with friends - Boulder Daily Camera

    An excerpt:
    Four young friends set off from a birthday party in the craggy hills near northwest Boulder late Wednesday, thunder clapping and rain pummeling their little silver Subaru......
    But farther down they found themselves in a mudslide that crumbled driveways and flipped a Jeep onto its roof.
    They were stuck......
    Nathan was the first to leave the car, followed by Wiyanna and Wesley. The swirling water and mud quickly swept away Wiyanna and Wesley. His friends out of sight amid the crushing floodwaters and blinding rain, Nathan clung for his life to the Subaru's side-mirror. He held on so tight it ripped off in his hands. He frantically grabbed onto branches.

    A third car rolled upon the scene carrying Andrew Slack, a volunteer firefighter equipped with a radio and little else. Slack jumped out and struggled to pull Jennings from the quickly rising rapids and mud.
    "Don't take life so serious, son . . . it ain't no how permanent." - Porky Pine

  13. #13
    Rolling
    Reputation: lidarman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    11,115
    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Water is *the* single most destructive agent on the planet. And it's relentless.
    Very true. It's what keeps us alive and an amazing store of energy. We live and die by water.

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    At some time yesterday I took a short drive up a canyon that was still open (driving around the pylons that skirted washed out parts of the main road). Lots of semi-washed out areas, some seemingly untouched. OTOH, driveways that crossed what is normally just a trickle (going through pretty big pipes underneath), well that was hit and miss. First pic is one that remained intact. Just 50' down the road that driveway wasn't so lucky.

    Just one vignette of the damage everywhere. Imagine what it's going to take to rebuild that drive, the manpower and resources. Which are bound to be elsewhere dealing with more important issues. Plus, that's the homeowner's only access.

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-1-dsc_6826.jpg

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-2-dsc_6828.jpg
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Funrover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    3,777
    Thoughts/prayers to all!

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    I had an update all ready to go and my Photobucket account started acting up. So here's a mini-version using mtbr's uploader. I have no idea what order these will be in but:

    I went back to Boulder today. Hard hit areas I looked at were all being cleaned up by Boulder heavy equipment. Major streets had been plowed of the debris that was laying around yesterday. Major road repair, well, that's in the future.

    The upper Arapahoe Ave. area (with the demolished building I showed you) had dump trucks, backhoes and front end loaders scooping up the debris. To make a long story short, the stressed out lady who was dying to get into her office and get some stuff out did this morning. Her and fellow tenants got a window open and had been taking stuff out all morning. She was positively giddy that she got her heirloom paintings and such out. She took me by my hand and gave me a tour.

    So now, without being able to comment further or arrange these as I'd want to, here are some pics. It in fact was one building split in two by the landslide. I went inside and it was really strange: floors at 30 degree slope, no plumb lines anywhere, 2x4 wall plates with nails sticking out, insulation, drywall...a real mess. Everyone was pretty happy because they were able to get stuff out. Just imagine what you have in your office and what you wished you could get out in times of disaster.

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-01-dsc_7069.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-02-dsc_7079.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-03-dsc_7087.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-04-dsc_7092.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-05-dsc_7093.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-06-dsc_7100.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-07-dsc_7102.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-08-dsc_7106.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-09-dsc_7112.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-10-dsc_7116.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-11-dsc_7119.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-12-dsc_7121.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-13-dsc_7122.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-14-dsc_7144.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-15-dsc_7148.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-16-dsc_7150.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-17-dsc_7158.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-18-dsc_7170.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-19-dsc_7189.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-20-dsc_7203.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-21-dsc_7215.jpg
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  17. #17
    Moderator Moderator
    Reputation: Walt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    6,585
    Let me just say: kudos for all the work you've done to document this. As a former Boulderite with a ton of friends there it's been really frustrating trying to get information and really imagine/visualize the devastation. As much as any photos of a disaster can be, these are great.

    I am amazed people are going into some of these structures - it appears they are fundamentally compromised and I'd be scared of the house collapsing on my head, I think.

    Incredible photos, keep up the great work. I'll be watching the NCAR site tonight and thinking of all of you.

    -Walt

  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    Glad to help. I've taken over 1000 shots of this event and I've shown you all about 50. What I was struck by yesterday was the volunteering going on to help neighbors or just those who needed help. I'd ask somebody "so how's your basement doing?" and replies would be like "I don't know, I don't live here, I'm just helping out" as they were shoveling sand to berm up in front of a house.

    Today the activity of the City cleanup crews was confidence inspiring. They were all business, no standing around, got a huge job to take care of, trucks coming and going. Hope it's like that area-wide.

    Of course, cleanup is one thing, repairing major infrastructure damage is quite another. But it's a start.

    Here's the trailhead at Doudy Draw:

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-1-dsc_6975.jpgBack to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-2-dsc_6977.jpg
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    1,228
    Fantastic pics xcguy. Reminds me of the windsor tornado few years back as my brothers home was hit. Amazing that within hours the county road people, xcel energy and a ton of volunteers were on the scene cleaning up the mess. We can always ***** about how many guys standing around for some little job, but when push comes to shove, these guys stand up and work their ass off.

  20. #20
    Kaj
    Kaj is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Kaj's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,168
    Not sure if any of you have seen this one. Salina (town at the end of Four Mile Canyon) has been wiped out. I hope everyone made it to higher ground. Trails in this area, like Todd Gulch & Switzerland are likely f'd, but right now that's the least of our worries.

    <embed src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/934052406" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashVars="videoId=2671275786001&playerId=93405240 6&viewerSecureGatewayURL=https://console.brightcove.com/services/amfgateway&servicesURL=http://services.brightcove.com/services&cdnURL=http://admin.brightcove.com&domain=embed&autoStart=false& " base="http://admin.brightcove.com" name="flashObj" width="286" height="212" seamlesstabbing="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" swLiveConnect="true" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash"></embed>
    Kona Wo for Fat Biking, Ibis HD3 for Trail Shredding, Merckx Road bike for collecting dust

  21. #21
    .
    Reputation: Timon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,483
    crazy pictures.

    life seems normal where i am in south boulder, besides the basement carpet getting soaked.

    have just been staying off the streets & out of the way of emergency personnel. maybe time to volunteer on monday if i dont have to work.

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    277
    This one stings for the Crosier fans. Always enjoyed riding through Glen Haven.

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-1185466_607726782612401_157802570_n.jpg

  23. #23
    mtbr member
    Reputation: pulser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    1,820
    Here is the Glen Haven video. Its been posted and reposted on Facebook today.

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/stghpQxrbUQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

  24. #24
    lucky enough
    Reputation: cocavaak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    855

    Boulder Saturday

    The first one is from yesterday actually. I expect a run on shovels on the Front Range the next few days.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-11.jpg

    Got out on the bike today trying to get some exercise. This is Eben G FIne park. I visited this a couple of days ago and the mud and rocks are about 5 times higher now.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-10.jpg

    This was all grass and bike path. Random grill was deposited.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-9.jpg

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-8.jpg

    On the way to Chautauqua. Mud deposit.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-7.jpg

    Folks trying to be helpful put sticks in the eroded curb. Lots of road erosion here and there.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-6.jpg

    Chautauqua entrance
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-5.jpg

    Mud flow scarp. I focused on these a lot - the geologist in me.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-4.jpg

    As XCguy said.lots of folks helping with cleanup. About a dozen people were carrying buckets of mud out of a house and dumping them in the street for the big guys to take care of.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-3.jpg

    Many scarps along Bear Creek.
    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-2.jpg

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography-boulder-flood-day3-1.jpg
    "Don't take life so serious, son . . . it ain't no how permanent." - Porky Pine

  25. #25
    Old, Slow and now FAT! :)
    Reputation: TheNormsk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    2,482

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography

    I checked out a bit more of the Coal Creek trail in Louisville today with my kids. In a word - a mixed bag. The sections that are about 6-7 feet above the creek are fine. Below that the surface has been washed away and in a few spots the entire trail is gone.

    Still, I already saw bike tracks in it and a bunch of cyclocrossers riding it. One thing that amazed me was how firm the ground was considering it had 6 feet of gushing water on top of it. I could tell that in places the water marks were up to my head. Scary the volume of water that went down here.

    These granite rocks were part of the embankment protection of the railroad bridge. Now 100 ft downstream and on top of the trail path.


    The slab on it's side and resting against the pylon used to be part of the trail bed. The trail is washed away here.




    Top of the trail is scoured clean and is totally missing beneath the bridge.
    Last edited by TheNormsk; 09-15-2013 at 08:26 AM.

  26. #26
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    Sorry about the pics I first posted here. My Photobucket account is hosed, I have plenty of bandwidth, don't know what the problem is. Good others are posting theirs.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  27. #27
    lucky enough
    Reputation: cocavaak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    855
    xcguy I wonder if you're using them so much they want you to upgrade your account!
    "Don't take life so serious, son . . . it ain't no how permanent." - Porky Pine

  28. #28
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    Quote Originally Posted by cocavaak View Post
    xcguy I wonder if you're using them so much they want you to upgrade your account!
    Yeah, that's it. I'm only allowed 10 GB total download in any one month period with my free account (cheap bastid that I am) and I've exceeded that with my two flood threads.

    Guess I'd better fork over some dough for ya viewing pleasure! I was deleting pics from Photobucket thinking I'd UPLOADED more than my allowed limit but that didn't do it. I've had that free account for years and years and never exceeded my download limit till these past two flood threads.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  29. #29
    Abby Normal
    Reputation: Holmes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    534
    It's been coming down all morning here in Berthoud... my thoughts are with anyone still stuck in a flood prone area.

  30. #30
    Kaj
    Kaj is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Kaj's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,168
    Dumping in south boulder too
    Kona Wo for Fat Biking, Ibis HD3 for Trail Shredding, Merckx Road bike for collecting dust

  31. #31
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    It's another world here where I live in Westminster. Partly cloudy is all, not much rain for the past four days.

    edit: what I meant to say was...dumping now at 11:15
    Last edited by xcguy; 09-15-2013 at 10:15 AM.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  32. #32
    Old, Slow and now FAT! :)
    Reputation: TheNormsk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    2,482

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography

    Absolutely dumping it in Louisville.

    xcguy you could perhaps edit the post and upload your photos into MTBR. I don't think they have bandwidth restrictions.

    Personally I find the linked photo sites don't work we'll with apps like Tapatalk.

  33. #33
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    Quote Originally Posted by TheNormsk View Post
    Absolutely dumping it in Louisville.

    xcguy you could perhaps edit the post and upload your photos into MTBR. I don't think they have bandwidth restrictions.

    Personally I find the linked photo sites don't work we'll with apps like Tapatalk.
    I just paid Photobucket so all my linked pics are up and running here. Sorry about your Tapatalk but mtbr's uploader downsizes anything I upload and I much prefer my pics to show up in decently high rez.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  34. #34
    Stand back
    Reputation: dbabuser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    4,180
    Quote Originally Posted by davec113 View Post
    Thanks for posting xcguy.

    Has anyone seen if Flatirons Subaru at Cherryvale and Arapaho is under water? They were working on my car and I went to pick it up Wednesday night but it wasn't done so they gave me a loaner. They said it was ok to keep the loaner on Thursday but nobody answered the phone today, not even a answering machine...
    There was a post on awdpirates from them:

    Re: Closed today due to the rain/flooding 9-12-2013
    Okay, so we are here today, but as some of you may have noticed, our phones do not work. I don't have an official ETA when they will be up and running, but it will most likely be the middle of next week.

    We will be open as usual on Monday, and if you need to get a hold of us, e-mail is by far going to be the best option. Please send questions to j.cooley@flatironsimports.com, and I'll respond, etc.

    If you need to get us on the phone, you can try the Subaru direct line which is 303.443.2919. They may be able to transfer us, but more than likely, they will have to take a number and we can call you back at some point.

    Thank you for your patience!

    Cooley
    Golden Bike Park

    Golden Connector Trails need your support!

  35. #35
    Agent of tang
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    1,124
    xcguy, happy to paypal you some dough for the acct, your photos are providing a great service (even to those of us already in Boulder).

  36. #36
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    OK, Photobucket is working again. I'm going to show a few pics from that wrecked building with some commentary this time.

    This was the lady's second story office. She got all her stuff out.



    View out her second story window. That's how I got out when I left.



    This lady worked there as well. She was describing how there was actually a hillside behind just a few days. She says she has pics of mountain lions up there looking down at her office. Behind now is just one huge boulder filled draw with a stream running down that wasn't there before. She said the afternoon before the night of the landslide she'd looked down behind the building and saw water coming out from under the building. That would have been my sign to begin evacuating but hindsight is 20/20 ya know.



    The guy in this pic (with his son) had not been back since the landslide. He walked right up to his office door (now ground level). Sad to see the shock on his face as he entered. I helped him unload stuff from his office. Truly an alternate reality being inside a destroyed building that still looked sort kinda normal in spots.



    This loader was clearing a path for Xcel to get back there and get to work on the downed power poles. I walked up over the pile of rubble the day before. Now it's evident it was about 6' deep over the parking lot (as he scraped the pile I could finally see the parking place yellow stripes).



    Muck and debris piled up under a second story balcony!



    As the lady in green was giving me the tour, she pointed down and said "oh look, there's our toilet!"

    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  37. #37
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    The cop I talked to at the mouth of (closed) Boulder Canyon said there was a major slide at about 3 miles up and numerous highway washouts from that point down to where we were standing. IOW, closed. I've seen aerial shots of Left Hand Canyon road totally washed out as well.

    The National Guard evacuating folks from Jamestown and other isolated spots told the evacuees "better come now because you might be stranded up here for a long time before anybody comes back again".
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  38. #38
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Thebig1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    24
    Thought I'd throw in some pics from Longmont and the little Thompson

    The little T on 95th st. Bridge is washed out.

    Little T on N. 83rd Bridge is also washed out



    Pella crossing sw ponds, now one big lake


    Raining hard again in Longmont

  39. #39
    Old, Slow and now FAT! :)
    Reputation: TheNormsk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    2,482

    Back to Boulder for a second day of flood photography

    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    I just paid Photobucket so all my linked pics are up and running here. Sorry about your Tapatalk but mtbr's uploader downsizes anything I upload and I much prefer my pics to show up in decently high rez.
    Fair point. Actually the new version of Tapatalk appears to handle these photos okay.

    I really appreciate the effort you're putting into documenting this.

  40. #40
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    Quote Originally Posted by Bagwhan View Post
    xcguy, happy to paypal you some dough for the acct, your photos are providing a great service (even to those of us already in Boulder).
    Thanks for the offer. I'd never looked into how much it would be and it wasn't much.

    Fack, raining like pouring piss out of a boot right now. 40 days and 40 nights yeah?
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  41. #41
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    Guess you all are not getting tired of my pics so I've just started another thread. Let's see if we can overload Photobucket's servers with views.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  42. #42
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    38
    Quote Originally Posted by Walt View Post
    Let me just say: kudos for all the work you've done to document this. As a former Boulderite with a ton of friends there it's been really frustrating trying to get information and really imagine/visualize the devastation. As much as any photos of a disaster can be, these are great.

    I am amazed people are going into some of these structures - it appears they are fundamentally compromised and I'd be scared of the house collapsing on my head, I think.

    Incredible photos, keep up the great work. I'll be watching the NCAR site tonight and thinking of all of you.

    -Walt
    Walt it's really bad for sure. All roads including canyon to Ned are roached.im hearing 2 months before canyon is open. That's major

  43. #43
    Tossin the salad.
    Reputation: TX_Shifter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    738
    This will be a long road to recovery for sure!

    Here in N. Colorado HWY34 is inaccessible to get to Estes Park. Talked to an Laramie Sheriff and said Cdot time frame for this will be at least 2-5 months maybe longer. There are a few sections that are totally gone on the road. Thompson River did the damage, it really struck home for sure!!

    Here is damage done close to access to Devils Backbone.









































    Santa Cruz Tallboy
    Giant Trance

  44. #44
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    7,982
    Some up-to-date info about Coal Creek Canyon:

    News | www.coalcreekcanyonfd.org
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  45. #45
    my church is the woods
    Reputation: moonraker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,051
    Wow, thanks for sharing the pics xcguy. It was just 2 years ago that we here in central PA and our neighbors on up thru NY and VT, had devastating flooding of similar magnitude. Remnants of Lee and Irene then. Last year it was our friends in NJ with Sandy. These once in 100 year floods are becoming more like annual floods, just in different areas of the country.

  46. #46
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Funrover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    3,777
    WOW!! Thanks for the pictures...

  47. #47
    zrm
    zrm is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    5,559
    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Water is *the* single most destructive agent on the planet. And it's relentless.
    Any river person knows the power of moving water. Water is only "destructive" when human property is in the way. We build in flood plains and on unstable mtn sides (on in the wildland fire zone) and act surprised and horrified (at least some people) when nature doesn't show our lives and property much respect.

  48. #48
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    29,592
    Tx Shifter, those photos you posted are very familiar. I rode my bike on Sunday past the barricade road block at the Devils Backbone. Down 34 and then down Glade Rd. To Big Thompson school and then back east to the bridge at the Devil's Backbone event center. I used to live in that area so I knew of a short cut back to Glade rd. I took my bike down the irrigation ditch road and back.

    Unbelievable deviation. All the businesses west on 34 from the Devils Backbone to the first bridge was flooded. All the houses on both sides of Glade road were flooded all the way to the S curve. Highway 34 just passed the Big Thompson scool near the spillway was collapsed. The National Guard wouldn't let me go any further. I was surprised that cleanup had already started throughout the whole area I decribed. But it was heart wrenching to see all the lives it touched just in that small area. The photo you posted with the old car was the old car stripper building which used to be called The Stripper. Is now a Cowboy Church. I took that exact photo and the news had that exact photo on channel 9 tonight.

    All this brought back bad memories for me. I was in this area for the 1976' Big Thompson Canyon flash flood where 130 people died. My family had just move here one month before the flood. And we lived on the hill / ridgeline just northeast of Big Thompson school and west of The Backbone. I was 14 at the time and the flood happened at night. We could hear the river raging from the canyon just a 1/4 mile away. And I could see car headlights in the canyon going in all different directions, obviously cars were being swept away. The next day I made my way down to the Big Thompson school and watched as they pulled many dead body's out along that stretch. There were many stuck under the bridge near the Devils Backbone Event Center, a very tragic and devistating event.
    Last edited by DIRTJUNKIE; 09-19-2013 at 01:18 PM.
    ----------- __o
    --------- _`\<,_
    BRAAP(>)/ (*)
    ************^^^^¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqpcBpSsj1A

  49. #49
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    3
    Some really incredible photos of the damage. Its truly going to take years to rebuild this. I used to live and SoCal and have lived through several earthquakes, and while the damage to 'standing' structures is amazing, roads and infrastructure isn't as badly affected (not saying it isn't but usually water pipes, sewer pipes, etc... is not so widespread)... This amazes me and how may homes while looking "normal' from the outside are actually severely damaged on the inside....

  50. #50
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    29,592
    My sister got married on sunday the 8th. The rain started on monday night the 9th. I had family in town so on monday we drove up the canyon to Estes Park and spent the day up there. Then drove down the back way through Glen Haven. I'm glad we did because that whole area will never be the same.
    ----------- __o
    --------- _`\<,_
    BRAAP(>)/ (*)
    ************^^^^¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqpcBpSsj1A

  51. #51
    Rolling
    Reputation: lidarman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    11,115
    Some of the damage in Northeast Boulder, especially to the bikeways.

    <iframe width="480" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aDohlqBgp5A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

  52. #52
    lucky enough
    Reputation: cocavaak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    855
    Dude! I wonder if I rode by you at some point while you were making the video.
    "Don't take life so serious, son . . . it ain't no how permanent." - Porky Pine

Similar Threads

  1. Photography Thread
    By ImaFred in forum Photography for mountain bikers
    Replies: 376
    Last Post: 4 Weeks Ago, 08:12 AM
  2. Big Boulder/Little Boulder loop (Whiteclouds content)
    By Kyle509 in forum Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 09-17-2013, 10:03 AM
  3. Not so trick photography
    By giantbikeboy in forum Passion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-28-2012, 10:00 PM
  4. Race Photography?
    By 14Stone in forum Photography for mountain bikers
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 02-11-2012, 10:09 AM
  5. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 09-14-2011, 05:53 AM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •