Drake, Colo. • Lifelong canyon resident Mary Myers hangs a painted sheet from her front porch overlooking the Big Thompson River. On it is a list of who Myers thinks has helped her and who she thinks hasn’t.
I want to move to Colorado sometime in the next 10-20 years when for me it will be more of a viable option than it would be as a right now 2013 spur-of-the-moment kind of thing. I would like to plan for it, and make sure that there is a better chance of my residence being within a non-flood-plain zone, rather than winding up getting flooded. I noticed that the rent for decent apartments in some areas of Colorado is absolutely dirt cheap, and the next best thing to them paying you to live there... but these areas are in flood zones. It really is best to know the area before you move too, and I can use my hometown Scituate as an example- every year some roads flood... Knowing where this happens allows for my family to take safer detours rather than risk any sort of accident. There are safer roads to take in the freezing/snowy weather, which would avoid sliding off the road in ice, or down a hill without brakes. Knowing an area is important to me, because I plan to learn more about where I would move to long before I actually permanently move there, in order to save myself from any bad situations that might have happened before in those places, situations that might happen again. I traveled a bit this past summer, and the people I met had really different lifestyles down south, and they were afraid to go outside during the 55/60 degree weather because that was 'cold' to them... I guess all situations could be subjectively rated as bad, worse, or not bad at all, but I definitely want to know all of what I would be in for, before I moved into a new area.