Colorado Strong from Gentry Connects


No matter where you live, we know that you have heard about the extensive damage caused by the floods “of biblical proportions” that occurred in Colorado two weeks ago.  In Steamboat (where Home on the Range lives), we were extremely fortunate to escape any damage, but we know that the rest of our beautiful state was not so lucky.  Today we would like to share a post from one of our favorite bloggers/vendors/friends, Dick Gentry.  Dick’s company Wesco Fabrics is based out of Denver, and so Dick himself has been a long time Colorado resident. His blog, Gentry Connects, is one of our favorites, and this week he posted a haunting yet inspiring blog that shows not only the destruction caused by the floods, but also the the strong spirit of Coloradoans. We would like to thank him for sharing his post with us to share with you.  If you haven’t visited Dick’s fantastic blog yet, today would be a great day to start!

The images in the below post really demonstrate the extent of the horror that folks here are still experiencing, and are only beginning to pick up the pieces.

 

Colorado Strong:

Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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As Colorado’s devastating flood recedes, the extent of the damage in many areas is heartbreakingly apparent.  Through this tragedy we witness amazing stories of cooperation, heroism and perseverance. Friends and total strangers join hands to help. A Wesco Fabrics’ sales person, Steve Beard, energized his church in Jackson, Mississippi, to make donations.  People from gulf areas hit by Hurricane Katrina are coming to Colorado to help as they remember many from our state who once helped them in their time of need. It will take time to cleanup and rebuild, but we are definitely “Colorado Strong!”

Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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Hugs of support.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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This cleanup is a family affair.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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The intrepid mailman delivers his mail.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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A raging torrent.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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Estes Park floods and is nearly isolated due to washed out roads.  Some residents are driving over the 12,000′ Trail Ridge Road.  Soon snows will close this route.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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Heartbreaking damage.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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The neighborhood lends a hand.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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The evacuation effort continues.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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Safety personnel throughout the state have been amazing!
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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A difficult job of cleaning up the mess!
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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Washed out roads near Boulder.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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A road to nowhere.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

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A wet and lonely cow.
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