23 Jun

Caleb’s guide to moving to Colorado

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As a native resident of Colorado, it’s been pretty mind blowing to watch how much this state has changed in the last few years.  The influx of people in this state is truly astounding with over a hundred thousand people moving to Colorado in 2015. So far 2016 is showing no signs of slowing down, and we will soon find Colorado to be one of the most popular states in the country. And really, I cannot blame people for things to move here. Colorado is truly a gem natural beauty and a fantastic place to live. So if you’re new to the state or considering moving to Colorado here a couple things you might want to consider.

Denver is only a small part of Colorado

leadvilleI think many people are inclined to immediately to think of Denver, the mile-high City, when the image of Colorado is in their mind.   There is no doubt that Denver is a very fun city – it is much smaller and more accessible than New York or Los Angeles.  But you must keep in mind the Denver metro area, while growing, is just a small sliver the land mass Colorado. Denver slightly to the northeast of the middle of the state leaving a large amount of the state to be explored. To the South you have cities such as Pueblo, Durango, and Telluride. Further north of these is Colorado Springs, home to both the Air Force Academy and NORAD. It’s at least an hour’s Drive from Pueblo to Colorado Springs, and then another hour to get to the southern reaches of the Denver metro area. Further north you have towns like Loveland, Boulder, and the largest city in the northern part of Colorado, Fort Collins. And these are just along the I-25 corridor.

To the east lies the Great Plains and many small farming communities dot the roadways.   Into the Rocky Mountains there are towns both large and small  – Ski towns like Breckenridge or Steamboat Springs, and towns from the boom days of mining such as Leadville and Georgetown.  In short, there’s a TON of places to explore in this state, and while Denver is certainly fun it is just a piece of what Colorado has to offer.

We’re not all rednecks, and we’re not all potheads

It’s been kind of funny watching any sort of national news when it come to Colorado – I think sometimes the media likes to depict residents of this state as either all cowboys, or all stoners.  While we’ve got our fair share of both, any time spent in Colorado will show how diversified the population can be.  What you can generalize Colorado’s residents as:  Lovers of the outdoors, hardworking and down to earth people.

Be ready for some crazy weather

I think that a lot of people that are moving to Colorado do not expect is the somewhat extreme weather we can recieve.  The high country is its own animal – you should never assume that because it’s a nice day on the front range, that it will translate to be the same in the mountains.  Our weather shifts from freezing temperatures and snow flurries (yes, it snows here. Sometimes it snows a lot!)  to 100 degree temperatures complete with lighting storms and large hail.  Despite these sometimes wild weather events, Colorado is generally a very sunny and warm state.  We are commonly quoted as having “300 days of sunshine” (although this has been proven a myth, it’s still pretty sunny out here)

Some parts of Colorado are much more affordable than others

As you’re probably aware, Denver is one of the hottest real estate markets in the United States today.  Due to a mixture of the legalization of cannabis, and Denver becoming a center of the country hub for businesses, rents and housing prices in Denver have skyrocketed.  But fear not! There are many places in this state that are still affordable.  The southern part of Colorado, when compared to the Denver metro is a much thriftier option, as are some areas west of the continental divide (that’s the point in the mountains where water will either flow to the east towards Denver, or to the west toward the state of Utah- Thanks geography class!!!)  So, if affordability is an issue but you still want to live the Rocky Mountain Way, know that there are options.

Are you thinking of moving to Colorado?  Let me help!

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14 Jun

Parker Colorado Flash Flooding June 13th 2016

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Looks like Parker had a case of the Mondays today – with very WET and stormy weather out towards Douglas county.  We got more rain today than I think we’ve gotten in the last month!  I managed to take a little video of the Parker Colorado flash flooding in my neighborhood.   Water had flooded the cul-de-sac on our street and was ankle high as it ran into the culverts.

Parker Colorado Flash Flooding Video

I thought today might be a good time to mention a few flash flooding safety tips in case you’re ever in trouble and stuck in sudden rushing water.  While Colorado may seem dry state most of the time ( and it is)  rain can come very suddenly and violently.
The following information is courtesy of Ready.Gov:

Basic flash flood safety tips:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

What is a Flood Watch?

Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.

Steps to Take

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

Prepare Your Home

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

What is a Flood warning?

Flood Warning = “Take Action!”  Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

Steps to Take

  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
  • Evacuate if directed.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

After the flood

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

Before it floods:  make a flood plan

  • Know your flood risk.
  • Make a flood emergency plan.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.