Safe from Disaster

The photos of the town we used to live in make me sick. How arid Colorado could produce so much water is beyond me. My brother Josh, who lives in west Denver, texted me saying he hadn't seen this much rain since our family moved there in 1984. "Noahically," he called it. He lives at the base of North Table Mountain. It doesn't take much imagination to envision what all that water could turn that hill into. Having witnessed the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, scrambled for cover during earthquakes in L.A., huddled in the basement during multiple tornado seasons in Kansas, and braced for storms in Biloxi, Miss., I know what natural disasters can do. But I thought our home state of Colorado was, for the most part, "safe." No tornadoes to speak of. No earthquakes. No hurricanes. No volcanic eruptions. But then came the wildfires of last year and now this year's torrential rains.

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