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s a former Michigander, I
am used to intense weather.
Michigan is known for
awesome snowstorms, ice storms and
tornadoes. But this is a story of a totally
different weather disaster, the flood that
hit Boulder, Colo., my home for 14-plus
years, from Sept. 11-15.
Sept. 11: It's been pouring since Sept.
9. This is highly unusual for Boulder. By
evening, the ground is saturated and the
streets flow with water, some of them
impassable. We grow nervous about the
At 10:30 p.m., my husband finds
water trickling into the basement, and
we empty out the top-tier valuables. At
1 a.m., he wakes us to regurgitate 14
years' worth of basement into the rest of
Sept. 12: Water is still coming in. We
frantically locate a water pump a few
towns over. Two hours later, the river
in Longmont [northeast of Boulder]
overflows its banks, flooding the town
Sept. 13: Ezra, 13, returns home
from a week of wet camping, but choos-
es not to go to Kol Nidre, so Jonah,
16, and I head over. It is hard to leave
your house when it's in crisis. From
this point on, every aspect of the High
Holidays is colored by the collective
trauma of the flood.
Sept. 14: The cleansing fast of Yom
Kippur and the fresh start of a new year
takes on new meaning as chunks of our
town and its surrounding mountains
are washing away. Jonah, Ezra and I
head out to shul Saturday morning to
observe Yom Kippur and Shabbat, be
with our community and exchange
The stories are still in the present
tense, though, as the flooding has not
stopped. We've not heard yet from our
friends in the mountains. Helicopters
fly overhead. It is hard to look inward
on this Yom Kippur.
We leave shul reluctantly. It is much
more peaceful in synagogue, on this
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