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‘We freak out every time a raindrop falls’

Residents look for answers to debris flows, which could last years
La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt talks with Melvin Smith, who lives adjacent to Pines Townhomes, on Monday in front of his home. Smith has been without propane or electricity since July 24, when debris flows ripped through the area north of Durango.
A sign saying “Help Us Please” is held by a duct-taped dummy near a debris-flow area Monday at Pines Townhomes north of Durango.
Bill Vanderbur surveys the living room of his parents’ Pines Townhomes home that was hit by debris flows on July 17 and 24, filling the home with about 4 feet of mud and water.

‘We freak out every time a raindrop falls’

La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt talks with Melvin Smith, who lives adjacent to Pines Townhomes, on Monday in front of his home. Smith has been without propane or electricity since July 24, when debris flows ripped through the area north of Durango.
A sign saying “Help Us Please” is held by a duct-taped dummy near a debris-flow area Monday at Pines Townhomes north of Durango.
Bill Vanderbur surveys the living room of his parents’ Pines Townhomes home that was hit by debris flows on July 17 and 24, filling the home with about 4 feet of mud and water.
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