BOULDER COUNTY - One month ago, Jeremy Barnes was sitting in his home with his wife Kelila when their lives took a turn they did not expect.
"We couldn't sleep Wednesday night, I guess the night of the 11th because the water was so noisy," Barnes said. "It had been raining for three days before the big wall of water came."
The rising Left Hand Creek started flowing onto his property near the intersection of Middle Fork Road and Highway 36 about four miles north of Boulder. Barnes and his wife tried to escape, but it was too late. They could not get out.
"Just so scared," Barnes said. "Backing further and further up the hill which us further and further away from the road watching the water just come towards us."
They called 9-1-1 and had to eventually be rescued by firefighters. Eight days later, because of the high water, they finally returned to their home to find that the creek flowed directly into their home.
"Five-and-half, six feet of mud solid all the way through the outbuildings," Barnes said.
One month later, he is trying to rebuild and restore.
"I was really surprised to see that it wasn't like this on the inside," Barnes said, referring to a thick layer of silt and rocks deposited around his property. "I'm pretty startled that we were able to save the structure."
Barnes lives near the entrance of Crest View Estates, which had been cut off from the main road by the flood waters for a brief time. The Left Hand Creek swelled about 15 feet higher than normal, flowing over the bridge on Highway 36 and about 4 feet high on the rock sign marking the entrance to the subdivision.
Richard Blanchette is the president of the Crest View Estates Residents' Group. Friday, he was working on trying dig out different parts of the Crest View sign. He knows its minor compared to what people like Barnes are dealing with. But, he believes it's still important.
"Every little step toward normality, I think it makes people feel like we're getting somewhere," Blanchette said.
Blanchette is one of a large group of neighbors and volunteers who are helping Barnes and other flooded out residents.
"We're kind of just taking a step at a time," Blanchette said. "Everybody's been real good about helping each other."
Barnes says he is very grateful that people have rallied to support he and his wife.
"We've had hundreds of people out here over the last three weeks that we've been back to work," Barnes said. "We've probably had 350 different volunteers."
Though, it's been a month, the work is just beginning for Barnes. He and his wife have a fundraiser set up because they cannot cover all the expenses. If you want to find out more click here: http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/colorado-flood-support-for-jeremy-barnes-and-kelila-rose/89644 .
"It'll probably be a year and hundreds of thousands of dollars we don't have right now," Barnes said.
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