Saturday, August 10, 2013

Adam's Mountain Café and Manitou Springs dig out from flood

Posted By on Sat, Aug 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Adam's Mountain Café owner Farley McDonough knew there'd be a day like this coming soon. It's why Charles H. Rockey's paintings had been moved to safety back in May; why her staff had been prepped on evacuating customers at a moment's notice. 

The inevitable Waldo Canyon burn scar flood — at least, the biggest one yet — finally arrived yesterday evening. By now, most of us have seen the videos posted all over Facebook and local media sites. The damage is simply stunning, no matter how expected. 

This morning, the town didn't wait long to mobilize and begin digging the cafe out: A huge volunteer force was seen shoveling, moving mud with wheelbarrows, hosing down antique furniture and generally banding together as a community in the time of at least one cherished business' need.

Below you'll see some photos I shot around 9 a.m.

But first, I chatted with McDonough as she organized her staff and town volunteers in and all around the cafe space. Here's her account of the damage yesterday and the future of Adam's Mountain Café, which sadly, remains very tentative and unknown at this point.

As you'll hear, she wasn't able to afford the $50,000 a year in flood insurance, and all of Adam's employees are, of this moment, out of work. 
click to enlarge McDonough (right) gives volunteers some direction amidst the mud. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • McDonough (right) gives volunteers some direction amidst the mud.
click to enlarge Scraping inches of mud from inside the cafe. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Scraping inches of mud from inside the cafe.

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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