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Flooding destroys homes in a Colorado neighborhood


MANITOU SPRINGS, CO — It will take a lot of work but the streets and sidewalks in Manitou Springs can be cleaned. One section took the brunt of the damage when the water came rushing through town Monday.

It may never look the same again. For Lalonnie Marschel, the experience was one of her greatest fears realized. She first heard about the flood on a news report.

“I just knew they were describing my house,” Marschel said. “Yesterday, I didn’t cry. This morning, I couldn’t do anything but cry.”

It was a house Marschel and her husband had pegged as their retirement home. Those plans are gone now, destroyed by what locals have called a 10-foot wall of rushing water and muck.

“Both cars are totaled. The house is demolished. You can’t salvage it,” Marschel’s grandson Wesley Coplen said.

All that’s left are thick piles of mud, wood and debris; a shell of a home left teetering. Marschel moved into the home two weeks before the Waldo Canyon Fire.

She was evacuated at the time but managed to escape any real damage to her property. This time her house took a direct hit.

“It’s almost like you’re numb, like you’re floating and your feet aren’t on the ground,” she said.

But in the middle of so much loss, Marschel and her grandson found comfort in the form of simple rose bush. It was spared from the damage and unaffected by the river of mud.

“That’s your hope,” Coplen said. “That’s going to tell you to keep moving forward.”

Marschel was not home at the time of the flood; she’s thankful for that. She was outside gardening just 20 minutes before the flood.

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