BOULDER, Colorado - A family with roots in the Mahoning Valley is now living in Boulder, Colorado where the flood waters came up to their apartment building and then receded. They are counting their blessings.
As the flood waters recede in Colorado, the immensity of the damage left behind is coming to light- hundreds still unaccounted for and nearly 18,000 homes damaged.
"We are safe and we didn't get the worst of what happened in Boulder and the surrounding areas," said Marie "Natural" Jones.
Youngstown native Derrick Jones, his wife Natural and son Legacy live in a Naropa University apartment hall in Boulder where he is the building director.
There was basically a river in their parking lot.
"We came very close to having water come into the building but luckily the way the parking lot is designed and the building sits up a little bit, we didn't have to worry about water actually coming in but we did have water all around us and that was pretty interesting," he said.
Their 10-month-old son Legacy was born with a rare birth defect and had been hospitalized since birth until last week. He was discharged just in time before the flood.
"We are really fortunate that he was discharged from the hospital when he was discharged from the hospital because we can't imagine what it would have been like trying to function here while he was there," Natural said.
The possibility of electricity going out was a concern with Legacy's ventilator and feeding machine but that didn't happen.
These positive thinkers at this private Buddhist inspired university are grateful for their situation on many levels- they're safe and they're baby is home.
Everyone was accounted for in their building but other students who have been displaced might be housed in their complex temporarily.
The university provided food and is offering counseling to students. Classes resumed Tuesday.