“People don’t change. They grow into what they always were.” From “Light of the World” by James Lee Burke
The devastating flooding in Colorado reminds me of my personal experiences with the awesome power of nature.
We lived in Golden, Colorado in 1976 and that was the year of the Big Thompson flood. 143 people lost their lives and the property damage was almost beyond comprehension. While I did not experience the flood first hand, I was familiar with area and a post flood inspection of the scene blew my mind.
I did get up close and personal with one flood and that was enough. In the early 60’s, while I was going to College, I worked for the Forest Service during the summer in Hungry Horse, Montana.
One summer, while I was there, the Flathead River flooded. Standing on the banks while the raging river raced by amazed and terrified me. I could not believe what I was feeling and sensing. Trees as big as railroad cars were being carried by the rising waters downstream. They would smash into bridge embankments and shake the entire structure. Houses and cars flashed by.
I lived in Tornado alley for over 20 years and never saw or experienced one. Thank God for that. I used to live in fear of those things. I saw one tornado in my life and oddly enough, that was in Colorado. It touched down east of Denver in open fields and neither killed anyone or caused any property damage. But what a site it was. Wow.
I know this: it’s one thing to watch reports of natural disasters. It’s quite another to experience one.
I pity those poor people in Colorado. Lyons, Colorado, one of the hardest hit towns, is one of my favorite places on the planet. If you’ve ever passed through it you know why.
“Everyone wants to be resurrected. A lot of us die disappointed.” – From Resurection Express by Stephen Romano