Record breaking storm destroys home in De Beque

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. People living in Mesa County will likely remember Monday's torrential downpour for a long time. The heavy rainfall broke a record set back in 1897, but for one neighborhood in De Beque it's a record they'd rather forget.

Unofficial reports recorded between 3/4 of an inch to just over an inch of rain during the storm around that area and all that mother nature left behind is a mess.

"They have no home one car is gone their tractor is gone they have nothing," Tamra Hoffman, Neighbor.

Tamra Hoffman said while her home wasn't damaged by the flood her neighbors house is in shambles. The garage was moved and collapsed crushing a car inside and the home was actually picked up from the foundation and is now sitting at a slant.

"The house is not livable we're going to have to rebuild everything we have to rebuild all the roads," Austyn Hoffman, Neighbor.

The dry gulch around the property that's 8 to 10 feet deep overflowed leaving a muddy disaster for people to clean up. Hoffman said no one in the area has flood insurance because in the years they've lived there nothing of this magnitude has ever happened.

Through the destruction the neighborhood is coming together to help their friends get back on their feet.

"It's kind of our little own community around here we basically have grown here together we help each other out with what we can," Austyn Hoffman.

A fund has been set up for the family at Coloramo Federal Credit Union. Anyone that wants to donate can head to the nearest Coloramo and ask to help with the Chaffin flood relief fund.

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