The recent Colorado flooding of 2013 may have hit close to home for many Twin Ports residents. The Twin Ports recorded nine inches of rain in June of 2012, far less than the Colorado rain total of nearly 20 inches. The close bedrock and many streams around our area still made for some massive flooding which resulted in bridges being out, homes being destroyed and roads washed out. All of which were part of the largest flood in Twin Ports history.
Sarah Fredrick of Superior said “When I heard about the flood in Colorado it brought bought back horrible flashbacks of when I was on vacation and had left my birds in the basement of my Duluth home.” When Sarah came back to find them dead due to the basement flooding, “it was tragic!” She exclaimed, “It’s bad enough to have your home damaged but makes it terrible to lose something that is not replaceable is another thing.”
The City of Boulder was possibly the worst hit by the floods in Colorado with nine inches falling on September 12th and by the 15th up to 17 inches had fell on the picturesque town and homes of Boulder.
Fortunately for the Twin Ports, no one was killed due to the flooding, but it was a different story in Colorado where six people were unfortunately confirmed dead. It is still early in the cleanup process of the Colorado flood but much like the Twin Ports it will be a very expensive and timely cleanup. In Colorado more than 2,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the flood, along with more than 200 miles of state highways and 50 state bridges.
Dan Rosen, of Duluth, said that due to the flooding in his area of town he had to make an “annoying” detour to school every day because a bridge he used to cross got swept away and wasn’t fixed until early June. Almost a year after the flood occurred in the Twin Ports region.
Reuben Verdoljak, of Duluth said that he used to do running workouts by the old East High School and the path he used to run up is a canyon now and he finds himself unable to even walk up let alone run.
Currently the Jay Cooke State Park swinging bridge is closed but will be open within the next two weeks. It was heavily damaged in last year’s flood and it was only the second time the bridge has been closed. It will now be replaced with safer metal instead of wood railings.
In total the June flood of 2012 caused upward of $100 million cost in repairs.
Much like the Twin Ports, officials in Boulder say the clean-up process will take years. Boulder is currently gathering a large number of individuals to help with the cleanup process and will move forward after this tragic event, much like we have in the Twin Ports region.