The Boulder County Flood

Yes, I was one of those trapped in Boulder, Colorado when walls of water streamed out of the canyons and smashed into the town. There’s just no way to describe the terror of trying to escape a flood with walls of water several feet high crashing into your car in virtually every intersection. If the amounts of water that flooded Boulder County were turned into equivalent snow amounts, this storm would have produced a blizzard that amounted to 18 feet of snow! I started trying to get out of town at about 5pm and finally poured myself into bed nine hours later. This is usually a thirty minute drive for me.

But what a blessing the police officers, firemen and emergency workers were. I never saw a speck of anger or frustration with us common folk as they put up the barricades and tried to turn around motorists like me who should never have tried the all night drive.

The pictures on the news just don’t give the real drama and scope of this flood. Whole hillsides were washed down, thousands, even tens of thousands of homes will have some kind of water damage. Thousands of roads will need major repairs. A major sewage plant was ruined and there were at least three dams that either broke or were predicted to break. Some homeowners who thought they were safe building higher on the mountain did exactly the wrong thing, because raging torrents of water and boulders the size of bowling balls were running right through their living rooms. It seemed the higher I climbed on the mountain the more raging the torrents became.

A five-hundred year flood they’re calling this one. I kept looking for Noah, but I guess the Ark had filled up fast and floated on out of town.

But if you’ve ever dreamed of owning a house in Boulder, now’s the time. A ton of people want to move out and never go through this kind of thing again. Offer a bid. You’d be surprised how fast your offer would be taken.

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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    I rarely comment, however i did some searching and wound up here The Boulder County Flood – Neighbors at War!.

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    Could it be only me or does it look like some of these remarks look like they are written by brain dead visitors?

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    1. Ward Lucas Post author

      Quick answer: I write Neighbors At War, but I also welcome frequent guest blogs. I also have prior approval of comments and my visitors are definitely not, as you call them, brain dead. Most of the people who write are business executives, attorneys, property management company owners and other professionals, many of whom have seen the HOA problem up-close and personal. As to your two questions about being “brain dead” and your comment, “Could it only be me?” I’ll let my readership answer that question for themselves. BTW, post your verified home address and phone number and I’ll send you an absolutely FREE copy of my book. That should take your “brain dead” comment into an entire new orbit.


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