The Colorado Flood - WCET Staff are Fine, the Annual Meeting is On!!
Published by: Russ Poulin | 9/16/2013
Thank you to everyone who has been contacting us with concern for our safety in the great flood of 2013. Let’s start with:
About a week ago, we had a stretch of hot, dry weather including four days in which we tied or set record highs in the upper 90s. Some rain was a welcome relief. But, then it kept raining!!
The greater Boulder area usually receives about 14 inches of precipitation in a year. Boulder had almost seven inches in 24 hours and had about 13 inches in a three day period. Some locations reported as much as 18 inches in a few days.
Outlying Areas Received the Most Damage, but Staff are Safe
While Boulder had enough problems to cancel the University of Colorado football game (now you know it was serious!!), the mountain communities and the areas downstream received the most impact. There are many small towns in the mountains that are accessible by only a few roads. As examples, Lyons and Jamestown were completely cut-off. The resort town of Estes Park, had only one way in and out…the windy road that goes west through Rocky Mountain National Park.
Most affected on our crew was Marianne Boeke of NCHEMS. She helps with the WCET State Authorization Network. She and her family had to be airlifted out of Jamestown. Her young boys loved the ride. Marianne said, “tons of fun for them, scary for me!!!” At this time it is unclear when her family can return to her house.
WCET Annual Meeting is a Go!! Come Join Us!!
The press tends to make it sound like all of Colorado is under water. Denver fared well. Most of the damage is in northern Colorado. You probably won’t be able to tell anything happened in downtown Denver. Come join us at our 25th Annual Meeting.
WCET staff are battling leaking in their houses, loss of internet, and figuring out which roads are still open. Some roads are gone and will take months to replace. More than 1,000 bridges need to be inspected. The biggest problems are in crossing what used to be tiny creeks.
WCET staff will move forward, but please have some patience as we might not be as responsive as we like. Commuting may get really interesting with lots of road closures and everyone trying to use the same roads. Good thing we can work at a distance!! We’re still figuring this out.
If you would like to help those in need (at least 19,000 houses were damaged or destroyed and clean up will take months), please see your options at:
We’ll keep you updated. The story is just beginning.
See you at the Annual Meeting!!
Your WCET staff.