Boulder police chief optimistic, says ‘things are looking better’

Colo Flood

Denver, Colo. – After two nights of record breaking down-pour, Boulder police chief Mark Beckner is optimistic after a tour he took of the city earlier this morning. Beckner declared via Twitter, that, “Things are looking better”– although he also says, that “the danger is not over.”

According to Beckner’s latest update, he is hopeful that the “rain will hold off so that clean up can begin.” Beckner said that during his tour he saw the Boulder Creek had dropped from its peak flow of “about 5,000” cubic feet per second.

The Daily Camera reports that Beckner is shocked by the amount of water that is still flowing into the streets.

“We knew the water had subsided somewhat, but it was still amazing the amount of water that was still outside the creek,” Beckner said. “I was surprised at the amount of water still out on the roads.”

He also said that said that he saw all sorts of debris littering the road, making driving impossible in some areas.

“There’s a lot of debris and mud in the roadway,” Beckner said. “Rocks, boulders, mud, logs.”

Despite the catastrophe, Beckner said that he was proud of how the law enforcement agencies have been able to work together, but admitted their work was far from done.

“The roads are probably going to be the easiest part. The hard part is the repairs that need to be made,” Beckner said. “Then you’ve got to look at the residents who have been flooded. There’s an awful lot of damaged homes and businesses out there, and it’s not a pleasant thing to have your home flooded.”

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