Update on Colorado Flooding and Potential Impacts on Outward Bound CoursesAs you’re probably aware, parts of Colorado have been receiving record rainfall, with some areas sustaining severe flooding and damage due to landslides. That damage is extensive, and our hearts go out to those dealing with the flood and its aftermath.
As of this time, Colorado Outward Bound School courses have not been impacted by the situation.
The most significant damage is in an area from approximately 25 miles south of Denver north to the Wyoming Border, and is concentrated in the foothills and plains. Our Leadville base is well to the west, and has received considerably less rain. The base and the surrounding region have not sustained damage as other areas have.
Operations into and out of Denver International Airport have been reasonably normal. There have been intermittent road closures throughout the region, including on Interstate 70, which is the primary corridor by which students reach our Leadville base from Denver. Crews are working on it, and there are indications the road will reopen some time later in the day on Friday, September 13.
Even if I-70 remains closed for longer, there are alternate routes available—so we do not currently foresee a significant problem with road closures limiting arrival of students in the next few days. Please be aware that the trip from Denver to Leadville is likely to take longer than normal. Our field staff will keep this in mind as they await the arrival of students in the coming days.
Our course areas are also well to the west of the path of the worst of the storm. Even so, weather, environmental conditions and student safety are always top of mind for Outward Bound staff members, and program schedules can and will be changed if needed.
Currently, we expect the weather pattern to break by the end of this weekend. There are likely to be residual effects from this weather system in the plains, foothills and easternmost sections of the Front Range for a significant period of time after the rain stops as crews repair and rebuild the damaged areas. We’ll stay abreast of this situation, and will update you here if anything that significantly impacts our ability to operate occurs.