On our end: I drove Mark to the bus stop before taking Isaac to school on Thursday morning, and we had no idea from that trip that there was anything out of the ordinary going on - other than the fact that it was raining (it never rains here). By the time I was about halfway to Isaac's school, I realized we had problems. The drainage area we were trying to drive by was overflowing into the street. It was only about an inch deep in the left lane, but it was a few inches in the right, which meant that all the traffic was trying to cram over to the left. Since I was watching the other cars, I wasn't paying as much attention to the rain, but I figured we'd drive home a different way. After dropping Isaac, we piled back into the car and tried to execute my back-up route home: past the library. Um... That was a mistake. For those who don't live here, the area in front of our library flooded enough to submerge cars, and it happened rather quickly. Luckily, the police station is right there, and they redirected me before I got into that mess. Unluckily, that cut off our route home, and we had to figure out how to go around. Going around was pretty bad too. There was an area that had about 6 inches of water on the road that I didn't realize was there until I was in it (I was behind a semi and he just went right through it, so I didn't know in time to stop). Somehow, we made it home in one piece. I spent the rest of the day dealing with power outages, trying to figure out how I was going to get Isaac, and how Mark was going to get home. A good friend was already at Isaac's school when they decided to let the kids out early, so she just brought him home. Mark skipped out of the office early, and it's a good thing he did, because it sounds like he may have caught the last bus that made it across one of the flooded streets that day. (As they crossed the street, flood water actually got onto the bus floor.)
That was Day 1 of our adventure. The next day was uneventful around here: school was cancelled and Mark worked from home. Saturday was a different story. I was frustrated because I had intended to run some errands right as the thunderstorm started. I'm so glad I was home though! Because of the hail, our drainage around our house was blocked, and the water started leaking into our laundry room and guest bathroom. Mark and I spent about 30 minutes bailing water, and, amazingly, it looks like there's no damage. The coolest part about where the leaks occurred is that the laundry room has a drain in the floor, and the bathroom is the one we put off replacing the flooring for! (We already purchased the flooring even, so it's ready to go in if we have to rip the old stuff out.) Again, we lost power for a bit. We hung out in the basement while the tornado sirens went off. We mourned our demolished garden.
See, not so bad on our end. At least for us. Here's some pictures of the intersection down the street though (I took some pictures of the hail in our yard, but they turned out kind of blurry, so I'm leaving them out for now):
On Sue's End: I'll let you check out the news for details there. To summarize, Estes Park got hit hard. The roads in and out are severely damaged. Sue's house isn't exactly in town, it's up on the mountain a bit. Luckily, that's high ground. Unluckily, that means that the water was flowing downhill very quickly. Which meant that her dirt road got washed out. After we finally got to talk to her (Estes Park had no Internet or phone for a couple days), she said she'd hiked down the road a ways and there were sections where the road is only a few inches wide now. Here's the picture of Little Valley Road (the only road into and out of her neighborhood) from the news:
Sue's neighborhood was evacuated, but she chose to stay because she and some neighbors are working on a plan for how they will be able to get more of their things out. (This is important, because it will be months before getting in and out will be a realistic possibility otherwise.) Her house has some issues with water - sounds like a basement bedroom was leaking - but, overall, the damage was minimal.
We've been incredibly blessed throughout this whole ordeal. I've tried to get in contact with friends in Boulder, Longmont, and Lyons to make sure they're okay, and we've been sad to hear just how extensive the damage is for some of them. We're just trying to keep them in our prayers.