Highways, roads, and homes are getting swept away like sandcastles.
I haven't been able to leave the town in two days, as all exits are underwater or destroyed. Luckily, I live in the northern part of town so I haven't been in any sort of danger, though there have been mandatory evacuations less than a mile from my house. We've had over 14 inches of rain in the last three days, with another 2-3 over the weekend. For perspective, Boulder's annual accumulation averages around 20 inches.
This is the door to our crawl space. Our furnace used to live down there, but it drowned. There is 2-3 feet of standing water in this pit, and we had to bucket out 2-3 feet just to get it low enough stand in. The water level in the crawl space is higher on the other side of the door, as the pit begins to fill as soon as you drain it. I'm waiting for the landlord's go-ahead to take a hatchet to the door, as its too warped to open, and the water pressure against it isn't helping. If you look closely you can tell it's actually bulging from the water under my house.
Very conservative estimate: 15,000 gallons of water in the crawl space, given 7.48 gal/ft3.
I've had a couple friends lose cars, apartments, homes, and all of their possessions. Been a crazy couple days. Last summer Boulder was on fire. This summer its flooding.
Edited by rwspear, 13 September 2013 - 03:51 PM.