Drake still rebuilding 2 years after floods

Posted at 10:40 PM, Sep 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-13 00:40:35-04

Two years after the devastating September 2013 floods communities are still cleaning up the destruction left behind.

"This was my house, I lost everything," said homeowner Doris Shaffer who lives in Drake.

Two years ago, Shaffer's home and property was underwater, completely destroyed by the historic floods.

"It went inside the bottom part of my house, it picked my mom's house up and actually floated it back," explained her son Jerry Shaffer.

While the water may be gone now, the work is far from over.

"Everything's still a mess," said Doris.

Church volunteers spent Saturday trying to clear debris and help make their home livable again.

"We had some damage to our house and a lot of people came and helped us so we want to help other people," said volunteer Patty Shafer.

The Shaffer's received some funding from FEMA, but they had to spend that money on rental assistance since their homes were unlivable.

The family also lost their only source of income in the floods, a campground and rental units on their property, so rebuilding hasn't been easy.

"It's been tough to get by right now, we're living on a very small amount of means," said Jerry.

They're aren't alone, two years later many people are still living without homes.

"You'll go to the main street in Estes Park and go oh, everything's so beautiful and wonderful and great - and you go to the neighborhoods where people live and it's not so great," said Shafer.

For the Shaffer's the volunteers give provide hope that one day things may be back to normal.

"If it wasn't for the churches and the volunteers, I don't think we would have made it," said Jerry.

"There's no words to put in how much I appreciate all this help," said Doris.