Below are a few before and after the flood pictures.
HIGH WATERS records my thoughts and observations of the Colorado Flood of September 2013 as my wife, Shan, and I experienced it from our home in the Big Thompson River canyon at Drake, and its aftermath as survivor refugees in Loveland, Colorado. Writing these thoughts and observations, then making multiple edits, illuminated and brought perspective to the shades of events that we witnessed, and how people - including Shan and I - responded to them. I hope the book will do so for you, dear reader.
The idea for a book began on September 12 while we were still on the mountain, isolated from everyone other than 22 neighbors, and continued as we were flown out by helicopters on the afternoon of September 14. I jotted notes or wrote chapters over the next 45 days or so as the stream of emotions, thoughts and vignettes came to me, and as events continued to occur, until I felt their clarity began to dim. This resulted in uneven writing due to my own unsettled thoughts and emotions, the disruptive nature of the experience, and the ensuing disruptive unsettledness that continues in the aftermath of such an event. In specific vignettes, which you’ll recognize, I’ve retained the original writing to express that nature. The flood was powerful and elicited a variety of sudden, often surprising, reactions and created a unique set of circumstances. The disjointedness of the experience and its remnants continue: we, and many others, have questions but few answers.
Here is my journal concerning what’s now being referred to as the 500-Year, or Historic 2013, Colorado Flood. I hope you enjoy reading it, that it brings perspective. Mostly, I hope you’ll accept it as the report it’s meant to be, and as the note of thanks I want it to be.
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