These are a few of the photos that I grabbed on Monday afternoon, the first time I left the house following the September 2013 Boulder flood. I set out on my bike and went downtown, then south to Chautauqua Park, and then back east. Obviously, there are quite a few parts of town I haven’t seen yet.
The trail system is going to take a while to recover. The first few photos are of mud and water covered bicycle trails.
BEAR CREEK TRAIL AT US 36 UNDERPASS, MUD COVERED
THE BOULDER CREEK TRAIL RAMP OFF BOULDER HIGH IS WATER COVERED
(All water on this side of the tree line is the Boulder Creek Trail)
THE CENTRAL PARK BROADWAY STREET UNDERPASS ALONG BOULDER CREEK IS MUD AND WATER COVERED
THE BOULDER CREEK PATH EAST OF 14TH STREET IS MUD AND WATER COVERED
A VIEW OF MUDDY BOULDER CREEK ON THE BRIDGE TO 14TH STREET DOWNTOWN
CORNER OF 7TH AND UNIVERSITY (GREGORY CREEK FLOW PROBLEMS)
(Both sides of the street have buckled like this)
A CORNER YARD ON MARIPOSA HAS BECOME A WIDE WATERWAY (STREET IN FOREGROUND)
THE KNOLLWOOD TENNIS COURTS ON WEST SPRUCE ARE FILLED WITH DIRTY WATER
THE LACROSSE FIELD BETWEEN BOULDER HIGH AND BOULDER CREEK IS MUD COVERED
The interesting thing was that much of town looked very normal on a beautiful afternoon. CU held classes. Cars were moving along. People were dining and shopping on Pearl Street. The homeless were congregating in Central Park. Bikers were out taking photos, just as I was, and the joggers were out.
Many are not affected much at all from this flood, but others are absolutely devastated. I saw some terrible house situations with owners fighting the mud on the insides of their houses. Being out also confirmed that my neighborhood near Foothills and Baseline ranks among the worst, given all of the sump pumps, carpet, and basement belongings in the driveways.
There are multiple mudslides visible on the foothills above town. Parts of University Hill and the Chautauqua neighborhood have streams and springs that have appeared where they have not been before.
But a greater part of Boulder is looking like business as usual.