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I Should've Built An Arc
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:54:27 AM »
Not sure if this is national news or not, but damn near the entire the state of Colorado is flooded right now.  It's been raining non-stop since Monday, and Wednesday night/Thursday we got an additional 7"+ of rain.  Everything was so flooded yesterday morning that it took me almost 45 minutes to ride the Beamer about 5 miles just across town.  So many streets were closed it was ridiculous.  At least 3 different times I was forced to ride thru about 6-10" of standing water.  When I finally go to my co-workers house, I had to dump about 2 cups of water out of each of my boots (which are water-proof unless water is pouring inside of them from the top of the boot).  Schools closed early yesterday and are remaining closed today.  Here's the story from Yahoo News.

http://news.yahoo.com/three-dead-thousands-evacuated-colorado-flooding-023123640.html

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 12:03:36 PM »
Saw this last night on the news!  That's just a crazy amount of water. Be safe Scottie!
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013, 12:08:30 PM »
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2013, 12:14:29 PM »
Reminders of the Big Thompson flood many years ago. 
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2013, 12:34:25 PM »
The Big Thompson was JUST about to burst again and they caught it just in time to open up the damn to relieve the water.  The city of Lyons is completely cut off by the outside world, no way in or out of town.  I heard Loveland was divided into 2 cities, North and South,  by a river in the middle of town that flooded so badly that all the roads/bridges that crossed over it were gone.  Every street in Aurora (where I live) had a river down down the side of it, some 3 lane streets were reduced to a half of a lane (or completely closed) with 6-10" of water in the remaining lane.  Some cars were stalled out in the right in road in different parts of town in what had to be 18" of standing water.  One intersection had 3 cars stalled out with water 1/3 of the way up the doors on one little car.  Hopefully it's not so disastrous driving to work this morning.

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2013, 12:49:47 PM »
Far out.. :(

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2013, 02:24:48 PM »
Yes, be safe.  Wife and I were visiting family in Boulder last year and spent time near the creek and campus.  Noticed the high water markers for the Thompson flood.  Seems these 100 year floods are happening more often?

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2013, 05:00:18 PM »
Stay dry and don't try to drive across it.
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2013, 08:47:50 PM »
Yeah, I saw that last night. Hell of a way to relieve a heat wave! I noticedd it took out a trailer park. Does it think it's a tornado?
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2013, 09:57:42 PM »
I did my best to keep that rain from getting up to you Scottie J.

As it passed over my house here in Phoenix I got 1/2 inch out of it.
I wouldn't have minded getting a little bit more but what's a mother to do?

You can talk to the clouds 'till your blue in the face but they just don't seem to listen. :)
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2013, 12:50:33 AM »
Glad you're o.k. Scotty.



I can break it better,,,,at night, in the rain, on the trail,, 20 miles from nowhere.

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2013, 03:37:06 AM »
Someone on facebook shared this video this morning.  It is in Evergreen, CO, about 30 minutes west of Denver in the Rocky Mountains.  As you can see the flooding is just insane!  We're supposed to get hit with another bad rain storm on Sunday again too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3z3WmTf8lL0

Yeah, I saw that last night. Hell of a way to relieve a heat wave! I noticedd it took out a trailer park. Does it think it's a tornado?
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It's taken out more than a trailer park, it has taken out roads and entire sections and blocks of cities.  It's just unimaginable how much damage is being done by these floods.  It hasn't stopped raining since Monday night.  It can stop any day now.

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2013, 03:36:35 PM »
ScottieJ:  Not much u can do about water coming down..Glad to see the loss of life is minimal but the amount of people unaccountable is creeping up..Hopefully it's just because they haven't been able to check in with love ones....Glad to see you were able to navigate with the bike but you might want to wait till this blows over...
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2013, 03:42:25 PM »
It's finally not raining today.  Yay!  Now time to get the Beamer from my friend's house and then take the Blackhawk out for a ride while I can!

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2013, 01:55:42 PM »
Hope you didn't get hit with the hail.   ERC
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2013, 02:15:46 PM »
Dude,  my late Aunt must have been looking after me yesterday.  I took The Blackhawk  to Black Hawk yesterday to visit with one of our new members Dan Kearney.  I left town here at about 3:30pm fair skies, definitely some clouds, but no rain.  I made my way into the mountains, blueish skies to the north, grayish skies to the south, a few very light sprinkles here and there, but no rain.  I met up with Dan by his house and we went to this nice little bar down the road a ways.  Inside having an IPA and a lady comes over to me to tell me my bike fell over.  Doh!    :o  Nothing major, no body damage, but I scraped up the taillight housing and broke my mirror clamp.  So after a couple beers we go back to Dan's to compare our bikes and try to salvage my broken mirror with some electrical tape.  Start heading back home, the road I came in on?  Now closed.  So I had to detour on 6 over to I-70 in Idaho Springs, NOT the route I wanted to take my bike on.  I mean I did do a small stretch of I-70 there, maybe 20 miles putting along at 55mph.  But now I'm forced to ride about 60 miles down the Interstate as the sun is going down with black skies.   :(  I stop at the first truck stop coming into the cities to call the wife, battery is DONE!  Nothing at all, well 0.18V to be exact.  Call the wife and she is hysterical because all over Denver there are flash flood warnings again and she was convinced I was dead because I hadn't checked in yet (as it never occurred to me because I didn't even know it was raining!).  Somehow the Sparx put off enough juice for me to be able to kickstart and I made it home.  167 miles, 4 hours, surrounded by torrential rains/floods, and never once got rained on.  Couldn't do that again if I tried.  ;D

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2013, 03:12:28 AM »
I don't know how I missed seeing it before, but the term for the big boat is "ark", not "arc".
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2013, 12:10:42 PM »
LOL  You're right!  I didn't notice that either!   ::)

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2013, 02:03:58 PM »
Funny what our brains do!  How many of us read this ongoing saga and never noticed?  ;D
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2013, 09:59:16 PM »
It's from all that water on the brain... ;D
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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2013, 02:19:43 AM »
FINALLY!  A DAY OF FREAKING SUNSHINE!

It was officially 7 days of pure rain with no sunshine.  It's about time the damn rain stopped.

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2013, 03:36:40 AM »
FINALLY!  A DAY OF FREAKING SUNSHINE!

It was officially 7 days of pure rain with no sunshine.  It's about time the damn rain stopped.

Scottie

I still managed to get rained on while on the way home this afternoon.  It sure was nice to see that sun again though.  Glad you made it home OK on Sunday.  Next time you're forced up that route, there is a good side road to I70 that takes you all the way back in to Morrison with only one short stint on the super slab.  And if you're not in a rush, and good side trip over to Buffalo Bill's grave and lookout mountain above Golden.  We'll get together and ride it sometime.

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Re: I Should've Built An Arc
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2013, 12:40:18 PM »
Dur!  I didn't even think of crossing back over on Look Out Mtn Rd!  I think with everything that was happening I was just trying to get home as fast as possible, that and it was getting dark.  I've seen some monster elk on that road after dark, so I try not to take the bike up there at night.  Almost hit 3 deer last time I was up there at dusk.  And I seriuoslu JUST found out that the I-70 service road travels from Morrison all the way to Georgetown.  I might take that route next time I go to Idaho Springs.

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