Hi all. Compliments to the Lyons Recorder for finding a place (Bob Gilson’s brother in Longmont) to produce the Lyons Recorder. We need a paper, to read after we get our wits back in order, and as a way to preserve this history, which we will remember as “’The Worst Flood Ever!”
They say in 1894, when the town was then only fourteen years old, and was being built on the south side of the river; there was a big flood that took most of the homes built there at that time. The people talk about them being swarmed with rats! We will let you know about more floods as time goes by: 1949, a969, 1975, and 1983. Yes, we at the foot of two canyons that have had a lot of floods, but nothing to this extent that we know of!
What a trying time! Luckily I got back from the Hix ‘n Chix square dance Wednesday night at 10:30. Son, Jerry was stopped at Rocky Flats on Hwy 93, due to the flooding in Boulder, for an hour and had to go down Hwy 6, I-25, and home. Within fifteen minutes Hwy 66 was closed. People on the south side of town were being evacuated to the Community Church and Lyons Elementary Gym. That is where my son, saw Gerald Boland, former Lyons Coach and teacher, at 3 a.m. God willing he is safe and sound, but we are worried!
We wondered what happened to Janet, Geneva, her dad, Ray, and brother Ray Jr. and Bea, Carol Beam of Pinewood, Michael and Greg, Opal and Bill Jackson, Aggie, etc., but it seems like they are all safe. Each has a harrowing story, (thanks to those that knocked on their doors at 2 a.m., to let them know) each lost items, homes, cars, yard, but we hope not lives!
It was certainly terrifying to see that water swishing past the St. Vrain Market (saved by Lyle and Connie), tearing out the old swinging bridge, into Alex’s and the one next door, trouncing Geneva’s, Banta’s, Ruth Tilson’s Dick Lewis’, Dude Cinnamon, and more. Luckily Lyons Valley Park mostly survived, except the bridges are weak. Dr. Meckle says he saved his records, but his equipment drowned, and the trailer courts, Planet Bluegrass, Meadow and Bohn Park (is there much left? It took the Hains house and the historic shelter build by the WPA in 1935 by Fran Brackett’s father, Tom Brodie, and it had been designated as a historic site and restored), etc. Bohn Park lost its ball fields, dirt bike jump, and someone said a twisted fence at the back of the co-housing helped save some of it. We are sad about the gas stations, Clark’s Hardware, the distillery, the Vasquez yard and cabins, etc. It looked like’s Nick’s bookstore was high enough off the ground, we hope so! Everything along the way past Highland Drive was impacted.
Lyons was doing so great! Money for the highway, sales tax up, most of the buildings full, and plans for a new library. Woe is me, we were too much on “Easy Street” I guess! Tamara, the Chamber correspondent will keep us qued in as to businesses, the Town Staff as to the sewer plant, and the rest will no doubt fall into place. It has to be a terrible terrible situation for all citizens to be “kicked” out of town, and it is!
I am at my son Ron’s in Niwot. He lives on a hill, and their water needs boiling, (303) 652-2408, or I will try to keep my cell phone on (303) 877-6359. Between Hygiene and Niwot was a lot of flood damage, but nothing in town.
We can pick our mail up at the main Longmont Post Office on Coffman. Take your ID.
The Lyons Recorder has taken down their pay wall, and is available to everyone at www.lyonsrecorder.com. We will also drop off a shorter version at LifeBridge Church in Longmont and at the temporary Lyons K-12 school on Thursdays, for the kids to take home to their parents.
EMERGENCY - Call 911
They say there will be help. However we are just a few out of thousands that need it. Be sure to register at LifeBridge Church or at the FEMA office at the Twin Peaks Mall in Longmont for FEMA assistance. This is Federal emergency money for such catastrophes!
They are housing those that don’t have anywhere to go. Giving them a bed, a nice meal, and care. Our thanks.
RELATIVES & FRIENDS
This is when your relatives and friends count. Be kind to all!
SQUARE DANCE LESSONS begin next Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m., at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Drive. $5.00 each person, Class each Wednesday. Forget our troubles for an hour or two and learn to square dance. It clears the mind and exercises the body. 303-877 6359.
It looks like Lyons schools will be at the old High School on Main Street beginning Monday, September 23 for high school, Tuesday, September 24 for middle, and Wednesday, September 25 for elementary. Pre-K will go to Hygiene.
TOWN HALL suffered an undue amount of water and damage as the water whizzed through the building and grounds. They plan on setting up in the Elementary School library so they can get back to business. Our compliments to the Town Staff. They were up for hours on end, meeting with officials from all agencies, trying to get organized and do what they are supposed to do according to FEMA regulations so we can get funding. We have to mind our P’s & Q’s.
TO THE LYONS FIREMEN, SHERIFFS, ALL RESCUE UNITS, NATIONAL GUARD, HELICOPTERS, ETC. You were there for us, and we appreciate it. You stayed up long hours too, and no doubt saved many lives.
LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION is gearing up to take donations for the Lyons Emergency Fund & Food Bank, to help provide resources for individuals and businesses that will help us all to get our feet back on the ground. I have asked Chrystal DeCoster to contact the newspapers in Denver, Boulder, Longmont, letting them know where to donate funds. She wrote a fantastic article that you can find on LCF’s Facebook page. With mail service suspended in Lyons the only means to donate will be via the LCF website www.lcf.org. Please be sure to let those donating know that all money that is received off the website (from the time of the disaster until further notice) will be going directly and completely to Lyons recovery effort. Call Liz Erley at (303) 460-1062, or (303) 995-2201.
WATCH FOR SCAMMERS! They are out there. Watch for break ins. Trust no salesmen. Keep and eye out for “slickers.” (Editors note: back in the day, a con man was known as a slicker)
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Tamara has been posting information on the LACC FaceBook page (Lyons Colorado Area Chamber of Commerce - https://www.facebook.com/LyonsColorado) as well as the Town’s website (www.lyons-colorado.com). They will also send compiled information out in their weekly Eblast Newsletters on Tuesdays.
GOOD LUCK ALL YOU HEARTY LYONS RESIDENTS! We will now always be a fearful when it rains but we hope most will rebuild and still live in our community. We hate to lose you, our friends, co-horts, andfamily.
Well, there is not much activity to report, except the Tuesday night pick will now be held at Oskar Blues Chubway on Pratt Avenue in Longmont. Maybe that is the a place you will meet your friends and neighbors. Keep an eye on your TV, if you have one, and we hope there will be nothing but forward progress!
Lyons Chamber of Commerce meeting is on hold until we find out what’s happening.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, the St. Vrain Valley Pioneer Association’s announces its 109th Annual Meeting at the Hygiene United Methodist Church Fellowship, 7452 Hygiene Road. Hygiene. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m.,Potluck served around 1:15 p.m., a short business meeting after the meal. The program will consist of the authors local authors Mary Reilly-McNellan, Lise Cook Cordsen, Judith Gould Dayhoff, and Barbara Walsh Myers for a presentation about their new book, “If These Stones Could Talk: Tales from Columbia Cemetery.” Several dearly departed Columbia spirits will be on hand to tell the fascinating story of their lives. Books will be available for sale and signing following the program. A portion of the book proceeds goes towards Columbia Cemetery preservation
We hope that model train builder Steve Haskew will hold his train show at a later date so we can enjoy it. They live in Spring Gulch. We hope it did not get ruined. He and his wife Anne are hosting another open house to share his wonderful model train and garden with the public. He’s spent twenty-six years building it. His wife Anne does the garden design. He only opens it to the public a few times a year. It has been called the finest model railroad garden in northern Colorado, right in our backyard.