Monday, September 16, 2013

The 500 Year Flood

Taken at the very early stages of the flooding
We had to leave our farm, but we are back now. We are all together and safe. All of the animals are alive and well except for the loss of one sweet banty hen. Our house is intact and remains un-flooded. There's a massive river running through the middle of our property, but we are so grateful that it wasn't worse (and so sad for those not so fortunate). Much fence-mending and cleaning up is ahead of us. I'm still processing the events of the past 72 hours, but I've been very much reminded of what's truly important in life. Indeed, that life itself is precious beyond measure. And that home is not really a place or a house - which in the end is just another possession - being home is truly being with your dearest loves.

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  1. So glad you are ok. I had wondered if you were affected by the floods. We were lucky where we live is high enough. Nice that your only damage is fencing.

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    1. Oh, thank you Jen! I was thinking of you, too, and very glad to hear you're safe.

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  2. I am so glad you are all okay! What a terrible flood!

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    1. We knew when we bought this place that part of the property was in a flood plain - but we never thought it would reach the "once every 100 years" mark, let alone surpass the 500 year mark. Crazy!

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  3. Oh, I had been thinking of you, Jamie. I was actually going to shoot you an email this very day! But, now I don't need to. :) SO, SO glad you are all safe and sound (except that one poor hen....)! I am sure there will be a lot of work ahead, but I am so glad you are all weathering the storm as best as could be. Matt and I are headed down to Colorado this week. We're hoping for safe passage all the way to Red Rocks. We're keeping an eye on those road reports. Take care all!

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    1. Thanks for thinking of us and checking in here, sweet friend. Safe travels!

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  4. wow that looks like 2 acres of nothing but water in that picture. So glad you and the goats are all safe, so sad seeing all the pictures on the news of the flooding and so soon after all the fires this summer, Colorado has had way more devastation than it desevers for one year. Take care, and hopefully the rain will let up soon.

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    1. Yep, you are spot on there - both of the main pastures are completely saturated. The county actually evacuated the goats for us, but thankfully they're back home now.

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  5. Oh MY! Very glad to hear you are safe and sound, albeit faced with a lot of work ahead of you. Wish I could help in some way...

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  6. Gosh, so much water! I hope it dried out soon and you can get all the animals back to their homes.

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    1. I tell you, I've never been so happy to see clear skies and sunshine as I was today!

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  7. I am glad to hear you and your family are all safe and sound!

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  8. I have been watching the news and had no idea that you were IN the flood! So glad that you are all OK and safe!

    ~Julia

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  9. So thankful that y'all are safe! We had days and days of rain in Steamboat, but were so fortunate not to have the terrible flooding. Sending love, prayers, and hugs to everyone affected by the storms. Hoping your farm will dry out very soon!

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  10. I was wondering if you guys were affected by the flooding. I'm glad you are back home and that the damage wasn't too bad. {{HUGS}}

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  11. So frightening, and glad that you're all okay!

    xox Lilly

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  12. Sending Love, Light and Peace - it has been a hard year for us here in Coloraco but we will stand strong

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  13. So glad you are safe and home once more... x

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  14. Glad you are all safe and sound!!

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  15. Oh my goodness, Jaime! What a horrible experience. I'm glad you are all safe and hope there wasn't a lot of damage.

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  16. Hi Jaime,
    I have not visited in a while, but so glad you came through the flood ok. Are you near Boulder? We were in Nederland at the time of the flood, but it didn't touch us (except for power outage). We have since moved to Black Hawk. So sorry about your little chicken.

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