In the past week Boulder County was the epicenter for torrential rains and 100-year flooding that has affected the northeast quadrant of the state.
Any loss of life is tragic. Damage to property has been immense.
But thanks to the efforts of planners in flood mitigation and the long hours spent by emergency workers and citizens the losses were mitigated.
Now many communities we find ourselves with compromised infrastructure that we usually take for granted. It will be months or years and billions of dollars to repair roads, bridges, culverts, parks, trails, utilities, not to mention the thousands of private buildings.
The flood challenges our ideas of sustainability.