real-time monitoring website. About 2 hours before the power failed on Thursday night, that website showed we had received over 7 inches of rain in 48 hours. By Monday morning, it read over 12 inches in 7 days.
I spent every day, Friday through Sunday, with the fire department. I spent Friday on Rist Canyon Road, which was the most passable road out, but wasn't able to capture any pictures or videos. Luckily, other residents have done so and posted them. Below are just a few of those pictures. Links to all the sources are at the end of this post. In the case of the facebook links, you'll need to satisfy the security requirements (be the album owner's friend, a friend of a friend, etc). The RCVFD facebook album is public.
In Rist Canyon, we lost about half the road in one spot where tiny usually-dry Rist Creek came screaming down a resident's driveway, undercutting the road severely. In other locations, driveway culverts and bridges were completely erased, trapping residents in their homes. In a couple of cases, we had to throw or ladder supplies across Rist Creek. Stratton Park is one of our biggest branched-off communities, and was cut off for a couple of days while its intrepid residents rebuilt the washed-out road.
|Half the road gone in Rist Canyon.
|Luke throws supplies to a trapped resident.
|Luke and Ruben use a ladder bridge to deliver more supplies.
|Stratton Park Road completely washed away.
|That's me walking away from the North Stove Prairie wash-out.
|South-bound is a no-go, too.
|Washout in the middle Buckhorn.
|It looks like a river, but it's actually the main road.
|The washout closest to pavement, the only one we could reach by vehicle.
|Our chemo patient gets a walk across a bridge, after a carry across a stream.
|Ruben rides the bumper, chemo patient rides shotgun high and dry.
|Luke has no trouble with an 18" deep mud-hole.
|Ruben leads a supply vehicle across a makeshift bridge.
We ultimately had to winch it across with one of the jeeps.
|Residents came from everywhere to thank us and receive their supplies.
|Ruben and Martin lead the way up a jeep-only road.
|We stayed in the jeep.
|Luke follows Ruben down the road-now-creek.
|Ruben readies the winch to open a locked gate.
On the way back we rendezvoused with a couple of residents that wanted to evacuate. We escorted them across the mud bog to make sure they were safe, and then headed home ourselves. It was a long day, but a very good day.
|Ruben leads the evacuees out over the makeshift bridge.
|The jeep crew poses with one of the evacuees (her husband is behind the camera).
Links to more photos and videos:
- Martin Arrieta's Album of firefighter operations on Facebook (may require affiliation).
- Ruben Arrieta's Album of firefighter operations on Facebook (scroll to the bottom, may require affiliation).
- Kristen Moreshead's Album of Stratton Park road damage on Facebook (may require affiliation).
- Phil Benstein's Album of road damage, primarily Rist Canyon Road, on Facebook (may require affiliation).
- The RCVFD Facebook Album with some documented road damage photos.
- Pictures I took over the weekend
- A really long video of the Sherrif's flyover. Documents all the flooding in Larimer County.
- News report of a mudslide in Poudre Canyon.
- Coloradoan footage of various flooded areas. Best footage starts at 3:00.