Sunday, September 15, 2013

Miles, Fears and Heartbreak

Sitting here safe under a sunny sky in Malta, Montana it's hard.

It's hard being a thousand miles away when those important to you are in trouble and you possess no way to help or soften the fear and heartache they are enduring...

You see the pictures on news and facebook; Roads, Homes and Businesses swept away. Your heart pounds and your guts twist knowing they are in that. The people you think of when you think "Home" are in that... They LIVE on that river. They are BETWEEN those rivers. They have to cross those bridges to get home.

The Big Thompson, The Poudre, The South Platte... all are raging...

*Remains of the Road into Big Thompson Canyon*

Though those close to me are so far all well and safe... there are many whose struggle is just beginning.

*Rescue CH-47 Flying Home through Colorado Sunset*


*My Beloved Poudre Canyon Twisties*
The trial is not yet over, the water that tore apart the mountain towns is now surging across the plains below bringing its burden of struggle and pain to those people. Fort Morgan and Sterling are in the cross hairs. Good friends families have lived for generations there...

Blizzards, tornadoes, then fires and now floods...

Sometimes the fight gets to be too much. You stop and cry. Your heart feels like it's being crushed in a vice... wishing it would all just be over. But then you have no choice. You stand, scrape off the mud and start walking.

My thoughts and heart is with those people whose fight still goes on

~ Brian

5 comments:

Mark Johnson said...

Unprecedented flooding on the east slope, and forecasted heavy downpours for today. The monsoon machine is stuck on high...so unusual this far into september. It will take a long time to rebuild from the aftermath of the flooding; their has to be an "aftermath," right? It will end...
Box Canyon

Glenda Laine said...

Oh Brian, didn't realize you frequented Poudre Canyon. We've been working all summer midway up the Canyon & marvel at new sights in the Canyon with every single trip up or down it. The road is waked out near Picnic Rock & tons of boulders & mud on the rest from Kelly Flats on down. No idea how long the road will be closed. At least we're above the River & threat of flooding, although not too dry since it's been raining all day again. Going out toward Red Feathers is the only way east. I'm learning Coloradans are so very resilient tho.

butterbean said...

Howdy Brian,

So sorry to hear of your friends bad luck... That seems like this past year has really been a bad one for Colorado, in the entirety... Has this affected your 'business'???

Hope everything works out for the best and y'all can still have HAPPY DAYS !!!!

livelaughrv said...

We called the front range home for nearly 18 years. This is beyond difficult to comprehend. Our daughter still lives in the area and is thankfully safe. I do hope the worst is behind and folks can start to recover.

Brian said...

Mark; We've seen them reporting this as not a hundred year flood, but a Five Hundred year flood.

Glenda; I chased cows for a living on a permit up near Salt cabin park up Pingree Park way... and have lost count of the times I've run that canyon on a bike...

Butterbean; It's been a rough few years for Colorado. It's not helped our little store any. It's out of the flood plain of the Poudre but the impact on the town itself eventually ripples through to everyone.

Livelaughrv; The last I've heard they got another inch plus today. We saw one report of over 18" in Boulder from this storm... 15" is the annual average for most of the Front Range...