Manuel Valdes

As of this writing, Boulder and 16 other counties in Colorado are still reeling from the disastrous floods that tore through the state last September. Record rainfall of more than 17 inches in some parts of Boulder county sent water rushing down every canyon and gully from the Continental Divide all the way east across the state, leaving an estimated 20,000 houses damaged or destroyed.

Witnessing this 500-year flood event was stressful for all involved, but the aftermath and cleanup proved to be even more taxing. Contractors instinctively reached out to help past clients, but many were unprepared for what they found when they were finally able to reach flooded properties. No one knows when a disaster like this will strike his...

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