Register for an account

X

Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.

X

Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.

Environment

Devastating Flooding in Still-Isolated Lyons, Colorado

ImaGeoBy Tom YulsmanSeptember 12, 2013 10:41 PM
1176294_10201745137608327_1673121789_n.jpg

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

All photos: Courtesy Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock At about 2 a.m. I saw a Tweet from my good friend Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, who lives in Lyons, Colorado, saying that she was being evacuated from her home because of flooding. Then, nothing. Until a few minutes ago, when she posted 25 photos to Facebook showing what the "biblical"-scale rainfall here in the Denver-Boulder area (as the National Weather Service describes it) has done to her town at the foot of the mountains. She reports that she is safe, but that she and her family are totally cut off in the town — they cannot get out. From Facebook: "Tom, we are in a good spot and totally isolated. No way in or out." She reports that her home is getting hit in the front by North Saint Vrain Creek, and from the back by South Saint Vrain Creek. "We can't get to it." This area has received about 9 inches of rain in 18 hours, compared to the average for the entire month of September of 1.68 inches. Flooding is widespread, and minutes ago I heard reports from the University of Colorado that a "wall of water" was rampaging down Boulder Canyon. Not sure what is happening with that yet. Suffice it to say, this is bad. Bonnie-Sue has given me permission to share her pictures here. All of them were taken in Lyons. So far, I have seen no other on-scene images of what's happening there.

581600_10201745135488274_1821938680_n.jpg

Photo courtesy Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

1234302_10201745139528375_1051401441_n.jpg

Photo courtesy Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

1234586_10201745140408397_1776176508_n.jpg

Photo courtesy Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

1235129_10201745138168341_700841609_n.jpg

Photo courtesy Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

1233589_10201745143768481_1835032526_n.jpg

Photo courtesy Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

2 Free Articles Left

Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 70%

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Register or Log In