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Here I am on 9/12/2013 having a great time in the rain when we thought the flood was going to be no big deal. Yep - it's all fun and games until the electricity goes out and your septic tank backs up!

Here I am on 9/12/2013 having a great time in the rain when we thought the flood was going to be no big deal. Yep – it’s all fun and games until the electricity goes out and your septic tank backs up!

This was a different week for us at On Pasture.  Here are some pictures of how I spent part of my week.  I’d like to be able to show you more, but getting in and out of my neighborhood is hard right now.  If I leave and it’s raining, there’s the possibility that I won’t be allowed back home.  And to get home, I have to have my picture ID.  There’s a checkpoint manned by the Sheriff’s Department and the National Guard to make sure I live here before they let me back in!

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See the little tan shed?  That’s my neighbor’s chicken coop.  I decided to rescue them, so I made 2 trips through mid-thigh water to carry them out in my cat carrier.  I guess I had a bit of adrenaline going because it didn’t seem hard at the time.  But I strained my back and spent Sunday flat on the floor in pain.

 

Chicken coop in stream

Look, closely and you can see the old coop on it’s side in the water now.

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Our neighborhood was under mandatory evacuation because we were so close to the Big Thompson River. But our house survived the record 1977 flood because it’s on a little hill, so we knew we could weather this flood too.

Buckhorn Creek Gets Big

Our little 4 foot wide Buckhorn Creek grew to 400 ft and washed axles into the street! It woke us at 1:30 a.m. with a terrifying roar!

Signs at the corner of 34 and Glade RoadIt’s hard to take a picture that does the event justice. At one point the river was probably 100 times its normal size.  We don’t know quite how big this flood was.  The big 1977 flood crested at 9.8 feet above normal.  But this time the river gauge washed out at 10 pm and the river didn’t crest until 4 am the next morning.  Downstream gauges say it was about 18 feet above normal.

This is an area that doesn’t get much moisture.  In a typical year we might have 15 inches of precipitation.  This year, Boulder, my home town had 18 inches in the last three days.  Here in Loveland, we had about 7 or 8 inches.  And for the first time in my life in the arid west I can truly say I’ve had enough of rain!

ClicktoJoinWe were lucky at my house.  Others found themselves in the middle of the river’s path.  But everyone is chipping in and helping move mud and clean out houses together.  We’ve made lots of new friends, and gained a much greater appreciation for our emergency responders and the way the City and County of Loveland planned ahead so that they could help us all out.  Thanks to all of you as well for you good thoughts while Colorado struggles through this.

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she’s not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

2 Comments

  1. Kathy Voth says:

    Yesterday, the “Turdinator” (it seems that ALL folks that pump septic systems have a sense of humor) and I dug out the second lid for our septic tank so it could be pumped out. For us life is returning to normal…and my back is getting better. So soon I’ll be out shoveling mud for our neighbors.

  2. Kimberly Hagen says:

    Kathy,
    thanks for all the informative articles on how to deal with flood impacted livestock feed, and things to do for ameliorating the damage. Good to know what to look for, what needs to be worried about and what to let go…. Seems like this is a topic we all will be re-visiting many time in the future – no matter what region of the country you live in!
    Kimberly

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