Jody and Michael Condie: Who you gonna call?

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When the creek overflows into your living room, who you gonna call? I thought I was prepared for a potential flood situation (having resided on Butcherknife Creek for 27 years), but I truly was at a loss standing in cold, ankle-deep water, so I called 911. Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kiel Petkoff responded immediately, helping remove personal possessions and contacting the city Public Works department for sand and bags. But he didn’t stop there. He called fellow off-duty police officers, who successfully diverted the water off the property back into the creek and then broke up ice dams into the late night hours. He called Ian Frazier, Ecos Environmental & Disaster Restoration and crew, who pumped out water, dried floors and walls, broke up ice dams along the creek and delivered sodden Persian rugs for cleaning. My new neighbor, Ursula, continued breaking up ice dams for the next couple days while I bagged sand.

I commented to officer Petkoff, “Bet you didn’t expect to be breaking up ice dams at midnight.” He responded, “That’s my job, to serve the community.”

Members of this community made a difference saving my home, for which my husband and I are very, very grateful.

Jody and Michael Condie

Steamboat Springs

Comments

bill schurman 2 years, 1 month ago

Having lived next door in the early ' 80's I vividly recall an ice dam that was caused by my bridge over the creek in the middle of winter! The city came and tore out the wooden bridge which helped solve the problem. In the Spring I replaced the bridge and we put four eye bolts on each corner which allowed the bridge to be lifted up from the creek so that the ice would not catch on the bridge and cause the flooding that Jody speaks of. In her case since I no longer live there I do not know if the bridge was the culprit that caused the ice to build up which caused the flooding. When I lived on James Street the city was always helpful with flooding problems with Butcherknife Creek.

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