A Lincoln couple narrowly escaped rushing floodwaters in Colorado over the weekend. Their Estes Park summer home of 15 years was one of many to suffer damage across the state.
"If it's a fire you can fight a fire, but with a flood, all you can do is back out of the way and watch," said Steve Green. Green and his wife, Nancy, said they did just that. "At about 12:30 a.m. on Friday the 13th, it was time for us to evacuate from our cabin."
The couple and their Siberian Husky, Bandit, decided to leave their home two weeks early. They found shelter at a neighbor's house while they waited out the floods, but conditions worsened as time passed. With no electricity and cell phone reception, the couple evacuated with only what they could carry on their backs.
"Between my wife and I and our three packs, we probably took 110 pounds up the side of the mountain," said Green.
By Sunday morning the couple decided it was time to leave the area for good.
"Destruction went from my beautiful peaceful small river with a lot of foliage around it, and pools that had a few fish in them, to something that was utter destruction," said Green.
Rescue crews reached out to the couple and brought them to safety. The National Guard and local fire and rescue crews were instrumental in their rescue.
"They had a zipline across there for us. I went across on the zip line, and the current had subsided enough that they could trust their zodiac boat," said Green. "My wife and our dog and the packs crossed on the zodiac boat to safety."
Although the Green's describe the experience as life-changing, the couple said it isn't enough to keep them away.
"Within a week or so if I can get back in there, I'll be there to help," said Green.