Recovering from the flood

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Here it is Mid-November and its hard to believe that over almost two months have passed since the epic flood. My September Footnote never went out - and to be honest this month is the first month that I feel like I am back in full swing after much flood-related distraction. The flood. I live up Lefthand Canyon in Jamestown so it was intense. As I watched the small creek next to our house rise higher and higher that Thursday I really got a sense of the impermanence of life and how little control I actually have as mother nature showed up in full regalia. I spent four days thereafter, stranded without power, phone, internet or access to the outside world and then was finally helicoptered out by the National Guard - and I am ever so grateful and feel so lucky - truly blessed because so many of my neighbors and members of our community were so much more affected.

Here I am being escorted to safety after my helicopter ride off the mountain - Luke was eager to put that experience behind him.

Landing in Boulder, I was so fortunate to have a good friend invite us and our 4-legged friend to stay at her house. I received such an outpouring of love and encouragement from so many dear friends and family. I was truly touched. I am finally back home as Boulder County has jerry-rigged a road that allows residents access up the Canyon and in settling back in up here I would like to acknowledge our community. My friend's neighborhood in North Boulder was hit pretty hard and soon after the flood there were busloads of volunteers from the University going door to door to help muck out basements, etc. My friend Heidi Lawrence organized a group of volunteers to help the hundreds of families that were displaced from her children's school in Longmont - and still had time to reach out to me to see if I was okay. A total stranger brought a generator to a neighbor up here allowing her to stay in her home until the power was restored. Dear friends of mine came all the way from Magnolia though Golden to take me to lunch the day after I was evacuated just to give me a hug and some moral support. These are a few of the myriad examples of how our community came together to help one another. I could go on and on but instead will just say - every gesture of caring and generosity that I experienced both first hand and through the grapevine touched me deeply. I am proud to be a part of this Colorado Community.

I hope that all of you who were affected by the flood are making progress in getting back to "normal". Instead of a legal topic of interest this month, I am just sending out my gratitude to all. If you have any questions of a legal nature related to the flood and its legacy - give me a call. I would be happy to answer questions as a way of giving back!

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With Warm Regards,

Tanya aka Arani

Tanya R. Shimer LLC