Colorado’s Fall Started a Bit Late
September was a pretty different month for Colorado. Typically we’d spend the month outdoors getting the garden ready for the end of the season, preparing the lawn for the winter and taking drives up into the mountains to experience the beauty that fall has to offer. But on Sept. 11, 2013, Colorado was in store for a different type of fall. The rains started and didn’t stop. They came with a fury and washed out homes, neighborhoods, roads, trails and more.
Working in public information, I was called into our emergency operations center by early morning on Sept. 12. Our public information team worked on sharing updates via our websites, social media outlets, phone calls and any other means of delivery we could utilize. I helped our public officials declare a disaster for our community as we continued to post updates every few minutes. Hours became days and days became weeks. But ultimately we all pulled together and continue our rebuilding.
Just in the last week I’ve been able to appreciate this fall season. While driving I see vivid colors that change with each tree that lines my path. In my own yard our trees have transformed to bright oranges, reds and yellows. The big tree in the front yard now casts its colors all over the lawn where the dog loves to roll in the crunchy carpet the tree has made below its branches.