Neighbors remember family swept away by flooding in Poudre Canyon
RUSTIC, Colo. (KDVR) – Three family members are still missing after being washed away by flood waters Tuesday in Poudre Canyon.
The body of a woman, also a member of the family, was found.
FOX31 has identified the name of the family involved, but we are not releasing the names at this time until we are certain their next of kin have been notified.
However, the neighbors remember the family and their connection to the valley.
“We have never dreamed of so much water”
Paul Snider’s family live nearby. Their cabin narrowly escaped the floodwaters when the nearby Black Hollow Creek swelled into a raging river.
“This stream is normally no more than three feet wide. We never dreamed of seeing so much water coming down Black Hollow Creek, ”said Snider.
Paul Snider was blown away by the amount of devastation, but he was heartbroken to learn that his neighbor and his neighbor’s family were washed away by the flood waters.
“We were probably 200 yards from his cabin, from his trailer,” Snider said.
A veteran of painting, preaching
Snider said his friend was a US Air Force veteran in the ’80s who had long made the canyon his summer home.
“He usually goes up there the first part of May and stays there until September,” he said.
Snider said his fishing buddy and neighbor not only enjoyed fishing, but also painting. He was an ordained minister who, even in his late 80s, volunteered to preach at the community church just down the street.
“She is a very good person, very polite, very kind. He’s an exceptional guy for sure, ”said Snider. “It will be hard to take for a while.”
Search teams will be on the river again on Friday in search of the remaining missing family members, although the teams are in small numbers compared to the previous search days.
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