Flooded Colorado Retirement Community Finds Purpose

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Residents of Frasier Meadows Retirement Community described as a wall of water barreling down their street.

Water filled two underground parking lots packed with cars, ground-level apartments were flooded, power transformers blew out, and residents the most in need of care — those in wheelchairs and beds and tended to by nursing staffers — were being carried up steps by staffers and other residents.

Just as the water charged into the building, the people unable to escape were rescued — 54 residents in 24 minutes, Frasier Meadows CEO Tim Johnson said Tuesday. “Not one injury.”

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