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A Chigwell man was looking forward to his book launch when horrendous floods hit the states
A 71-year-old author has returned safely back to the district after being caught in the deadly Colorado floods.
On Sunday evening Terence Casey and his wife Margaret arrived back to their Brook Way home, Chigwell, following a holiday they will never forget.
In August the couple left for Colorado, looking forward to Mr Casey launching his novel at the famous Boulder Bookstore.
But, whilst staying in the town with friends, 21 inches of rain hit the state.
Mr Casey said: "The sad thing is, when it started raining everyone was so happy because they had been fearing forest fires.
“The Thursday night was the worst, on the 12th.
“We were invited to a neighbour’s for dinner, by 10pm there was a river running through their house.
“The police started phoning every house and telling them to evacuate but the roads were almost under water.
“That night it was like fireworks going off outside. All of the branches cracking, it was horrible. Other than that all we could hear was sirens. It was like something out of a movie.”
Terry and his wife Margaret were supposed to go on to Florida after the book launch, which was rained-off, but were stuck in Boulder where it poured down for eight solid days.
Luckily for the friend who they were staying with, his house was on high ground. His neighbours were not so lucky.
Mr Casey said: “People were doing all they could to save their homes.
“There was a man digging trenches to try and stop the water.
“There was a young married couple over the road with small children. All that was left of their house was a post.
“You can’t help but admire them though. They got to work really quickly to try and clear it up. We kept hearing people saying how it could have been worse.
The death toll in Colorado is thought to be around eight, although hundreds are still missing.
Mr Casey’s book ‘The Tenant’s Tale’ about his family in the Irish potato famine is on sale at Loughton book shop.
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