KUSA - In Colorado, we had learned to like the rain because, far too often, we were far too used to seeing far too little of it.
And then came September 11 - of all days.
The rain, for one reason or another, refused to stop. In a few days many locations received as much precipitation as they might receive during an average year.
And, to be quite frank, these are the same spots that have seen years pass without getting anywhere near an average year. We had been in a drought after all.
At least that's over with - at least for the time being.
It's going to take years for parts of this state to fully recover. Miles and miles of road are no longer there. Towns remain cutoff. And too many families will struggle to find ways to pay for millions in uninsured losses.
What's the best way to get to Estes now? What's still in the stagnant water on that field? Where will the children of Lyons go to school for the time being? What will happen to the town of Jamestown?
The questions are as inevitable as they are plentiful. There remain few good answers.
Uncertainty is likely a byproduct of any natural disaster. Sadly, our familiarity with natural disasters is unlikely to help us much as we clean out our basements and replace our bridges.
What good does a familiarity with forest fire recovery do us in the midst of a nearly unprecedented flood?
Why us? I would guess that's a question a lot of Coloradans are asking themselves right now as well.
Four massively destructive fires in a few years have now been followed by the worst natural disaster in this state's history.
Some people are already saying it'll cost $2 billion to make things right.
I don't know how this is all going to turn out. I do know that I'm awfully proud of the work of my colleagues over the last week and a half however.
Yes, I realize all too well that whatever hardships we endured were miniscule when compared with the hardships of far too many who were caught in the flood's direct path. But, I am still proud of the work we have done.
We may never see a flood like this ever again. Quite frankly, I feel the same way about this story that I felt about the shootings inside Aurora's Century 16.
I never want to go through this ever again. Who knows what fate has in store for us tomorrow. I simply hope that, at the very least, the winter holds off for a few weeks this year in order to give construction crews as much time as possible to get to work.
Is that too much to ask? I certainly hope not.
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