Youngstown native and family living in Colorado count blessings - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Youngstown native and family living in Colorado count blessings

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

    What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:45 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:45:48 GMT
    (U.S. Geological Survey via AP). In this image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava from fissure 20 enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten...(U.S. Geological Survey via AP). In this image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava from fissure 20 enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten...
    White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean.More >>
    White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean.More >>
  • School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

    School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 2:57 PM EDT2018-05-22 18:57:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Abdul Aziz Sheikh, center, father of Sabika Sheikh, a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school, shows a picture of his daughter in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Pakistani foreign exchange student is among tho...(AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Abdul Aziz Sheikh, center, father of Sabika Sheikh, a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school, shows a picture of his daughter in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Pakistani foreign exchange student is among tho...
    An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a...More >>
    An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a Texas high school.More >>
  • Miss Nebraska wins Miss USA competition

    Miss Nebraska wins Miss USA competition

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 4:13 AM EDT2018-05-22 08:13:46 GMT
    The show has begun to see who will go home with the Miss USA title.More >>
    The show has begun to see who will go home with the Miss USA title.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms