Photos: Aftermath of Boulder Flood

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.

2 thoughts on “Photos: Aftermath of Boulder Flood

  1. rjs

    here’s the Atlantic’s big photo spread from yesterday:
    Historic Flooding Across Colorado – Over the past few days, a 4,500-square-mile area across Colorado’s Front Range has been hit by devastating floods, leaving at least six dead, forcing thousands to evacuate, and destroying thousands of homes and farms. Record amounts of rainfall generated flash floods that tore up roads and lines of communication, leaving many stranded, and hundreds still listed as missing. Evacuations are still underway as weather conditions have improved slightly. Forecasters predict drier weather by mid-week. Gathered here are recent images of the devastation in Colorado. (32 photos)

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