First I want to say that this isn’t a commentary on paranoia, it’s just an account of realism. There are many disaster-related incidents that can happen at any time, at any moment, that have nothing to do with Zombies or EMPs. (Though I don’t feel an EMP is farfetched.)
Realistic disaster scenarios could include everything from a derailed train of nasty chemicals, a toxic spill in your sewer, a factory in your area has a fire or explosion spewing deadly fumes, an overturned tractor trailer fire between you and your kid’s school, or a hundred other unexpected man-made disasters. There’s also the possibility of infrastructure failing. This would include things like water main breaks, contamination, power outages or even gas leaks.
This doesn’t even cover a potential geopolitical or societal crisis, protest riots, civil unrest, flash mobs, etc. Aside from the man-made scenarios, there are also natural disasters, including fires, earthquake, tornados or even floods. Needless to say, the possibilities are endless when it comes to disasters and today I’m sharing my first-hand experience with one I never expected.
Open the Floodgates
In the mountains of Colorado, we don’t expect floods very often. In fact, we barely get rain most of the time. (This has actually led to multiple evacuations or standby evacuations due to fires for us.) We occasionally hear “Flash Flood” warnings, but those are usually considered “For those folks down there” in Lyons, Boulder and other lower elevations. Our location was at over 7,200 feet in elevation.
During the first week of September 2013, the Front Range mountain communities of Colorado had been experiencing a drought. That is, until about the 9th when it started raining. A lot. The situation intensified on September 11th and 12th.
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