Sep 7, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Mike Macintyre on his sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Central Arkansas Bears at Folsom Field. The Buffaloes defeated the Bears 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - When it comes to flooding, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre knows firsthand how dangerous they can truly be. He nearly lost his parents to a similar disaster in 2010.
"My brother rescued my mom and dad," MacIntyre said. Nearly 19 inches of rain fell in some areas near his parent's home in Southern Tennessee. "My dad is in a bed, and can't move [he suffers from multiple sclerosis]. My brother had to go there, run a mile and a half, and swim about 500 yards in flooded water. He floated my dad out on his mattress and rescued my mom."
Twenty one people lost their lives in the flood several
years ago - as of Friday afternoon there are three confirmed deaths, but over 80 unaccounted for
people in the disaster in Boulder and its surrounding areas (go to 9NEWS.com for updated information).
Mike was the head coach at San Jose State at the time and had
to fly out later to help out with the clean up.
Just three years later MacIntyre, along with the Buffs, are
faced with a comparable natural disaster. Their game scheduled against Fresno
State was postponed, and despite wanting to play - Folsom Field wasn't affected
very much and would be playable - they felt it wouldn't be appropriate to take
Instead they will be of assistance putting the campus and
community back piece by piece.
"We don't want to be a nuisance, we want to be a help,
whenever that is. I don't know if that's Monday or Tuesday, or even tomorrow,"
said MacIntyre. "We have some big, strong kids that can help some people in
some hard situations."
The Buffs first year head coach assisted in making repairs
his parent's house in southern Tennessee, including tearing down and replacing
walls that were affected. Thankfully, all his players are fine even as some had
to be displaced due to the flooding.
"We have six young men on our team that have had to leave
their homes and apartments," MacIntyre said. "There are a lot of issues out there
a lot bigger than football."
As MacIntyre knows all too well, the perils of flooding are very much real.
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