Colorado Flooding Triggers Twin Ports Memories

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.

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