Omaha Couple Trapped During Colorado Flooding

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

What was meant to be a relaxing Colorado vacation, turned into a nightmare for an Omaha couple. Flooding almost kept them from coming home.

“It was angry water, dark, with garbage in it, pieces of buildings. It was just like you could hardly believe it.” Carol Lesch describes the raging waters in Colorado, flooding she witnessed firsthand.

She had been at Big Thompson Canyon since last Sunday with her husband and two dogs, there for a nice vacation. She said the first couple of days were quiet, but then the skies opened up. “The rain started, like it never stopped, it was just relentless.”

For days the rain continued, but they didn’t think much of it, still trying to enjoy themselves. They packed up to leave on Thursday as planned, but those plans changed because of the rapidly growing river below.

“I thought oh man the bridge, where’s the bridge? It was kind of moving away in chunks.” There was no way for them to get off the mountain without the bridge. They were stuck with 24 other people and no power.

"I thought oh man, this is bad, what are we going to do?" But the group came together and helped one another and then, a glimmer of hope. They were able to get the attention of firefighters below.

Soon after rescuers came up the mountain and using ropes and baskets they were able to get everyone to safety.

Now the couple is finally safe at home with their dogs, with quite a story to tell. They say the next vacation they plan to go to Arizona, a place where they won’t have to worry about water.

The couple did have to leave their car and other belongings on the mountain. At this point they don’t know when they’ll be able to get that back.

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