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Recovering from the Flood

Friday, September 20, 2013

This is my first ever blog entry, and I am really excited to get started!

There are a lot of things to love about Boulder, but one thing that really stands out to me right now is how much of a community we have here.  Last week, Boulder experienced some of the worst rain conditions in its history.  Luckily, I live on the 4th floor of my apartment building, so I, personally, was not affected by the flood.  However, as a student here, I heard a lot of talk about how much rain had actually fallen, how many people were affected, and how bad the damage was in certain areas.  Before writing this, I wanted to look up some exact numbers, so I found an article on climatecentral.org.  According to the article, more than 5 days in the past week have set daily rainfall records.  On September 12th, 9.08 inches fell in Boulder, setting an all-time single-day record.  It had previously been 4.80 inches, set on July 31, 1919. Overall, the rainfall for the week was 17.16 inches, setting a new all-time monthly record.  

Everyone can agree that it was a really hard couple of days.  A lot of people were evacuated and many people were left without places to live and lost belongings.  None of us expected it to get as bad as it did. It just seemed like a lot of rain when my roommates and I went for a walk the night before the flooding started.  We all woke up to multiple emergency text messages and emails sent by the school and to find out that school had been cancelled for two days.  The next few days went by really quickly, and it often felt like the rain would never stop.  Luckily, it has.  We have had some sun for the past few days and everything is starting to get back to normal for most people.  The amazing part of the whole week was how much the Boulder community shined through the rain.  People in heavily affected areas worked together to save their houses and apartments.  I know a lot of people who got in their cars in the rain and drove around with shovels and buckets to help people in need. The CU administration has set up services for students who lost significant amounts, and the community is working together to move on.  I think we can all definitely wait for the next 100 Year Flood! 

Here is the link to the article I found: 

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/flood-ravaged-boulder-colorado-sets-annual-rainfall-record-16481

Nina
Linguistics; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences • Centennial, CO

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