Lyons artist finds 'gem' under flood rubble

LYONS - Crews in Boulder County have been working six days a week for months trying to clear low lying debris from along creeks and rivers before the peak of spring runoff.

Last week, while crews carefully cleared mangled property that once belonged to neighbors, they came across what one woman considers a major part of her life.

Robin Grabowski has lived in Lyons for nearly 20 years. Making art out of glass has been her passion and livelihood for more than 40. So when the flood tore through town and demolished her art studio, she was devastated.

"My studio was here, and it was leaning against that tractor. It was covered in mud," Grabowski said.

The flood that damaged her studio returned some of those items last week.

"They were digging and came upon [a] crate of glass. I thought all of this was gone," Grabowski said.

Hand-blown pieces of glass, she says are worth thousands of dollars, were somehow still intact.

"It's amazing. When I saw it I just cried," she said.

While she is grateful and encouraged by the little gems the flood left behind, she knows she will soon turn her pain from what the flood ruined into a beautiful piece of art.

"When you look out in places it really is beautiful. It's just a different beauty than we're used to," Grabowski said.

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management says debris along James Canyon has been cleared and work along Left Hand Canyon should be done this weekend.

Officials say mostly all of the hazardous low-lying debris near bodies of water in the county will be cleared by May 1.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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