Flood

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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.

At the peak of the flood, this park bench along Boulder Creek was completely submerged.

At the peak of the flood, this park bench along Boulder Creek was completely submerged.

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.

Neighbors and friends build an impromptu dam to divert water away from buildings. Photo by KOA Radio

Neighbors and friends build an impromptu dam to divert water away from buildings. Photo by KOA Radio

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.

Residents of Boulder stand on a bridge capturing the incredible images of the rushing river.

Residents of Boulder stand on a bridge capturing the incredible images of the rushing river.

The flood challenges our ideas of sustainability.

Battling the floodwaters indoors

Battling the floodwaters indoors

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