Here are a few pictures I took when I went over to Boulder last Friday. The incredible thing about these is that the water had already dropped a LOT from the time of peak flooding.
These first two areas are a trailhead near my house. During a live broadcast on local TV the evening before, a Porta John had floated off down river and under the bridge. Not the kind of water you want to swim in! The water was nearly over the top of the road during the crest based on the debris we saw.
It wasn't more than 3 weeks ago that I enjoyed a picnic at tables where the people are standing in this picture. One picnic table can be seen on the right side of the picture while the other one is simply gone. Both were made out of heavy metal construction so it took a lot of water to haul those things off.
Boulder Creek was still high but mostly in its banks when we saw it. Previous it had been MUCH higher based on the debris we saw around. You could still hear large boulders being rolled down the creek.
This tree is sitting high and dry after floating down the canyon during the peak of the storm. This pullout was a spot I often parked to fish Boulder Creek as it exits the canyon and heads into town.
What's left of the road and guardrails along a section of Boulder Creek in the canyon just above town.
A mudslide engulfs the road and particularly the Boulder Creek bike path (on the near side of the road). This was actually one of the smaller slides unfortunately...
A final view of the Boulder Creek Path.
It's going to take a long time to clean up. For anyone who is considering coming out to visit, please think about alternative arrangements if your plans included the northern front range area. Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are both closed. I expect access to the Park to be limited for some time although the western side may be opened sometime soon as it was not hit nearly as hard. There are still great fishing opportunities out here including on places like the South Platte so don't give up on fishing out here, just be flexible on where you expect to fish. The western half of the state is fine as well.
Here's a link to a map
of precipitation estimates for the week of the flooding. One location near Boulder reported a bit over 21 inches of rain over a 7 day period.