Ted Wynn has seen his share of small-scale disasters. In his career as an EMT, a firefighter, and now Bulloch County's Public Safety Director, he prepares for anything the community could face. On a personal trip to Colorado last week, he saw another town face their own devastation.
Wynn and his wife had planned for months to visit family in Boulder, CO. Severe rains began days before they were to arrive. Over a five day period, the region saw 17 inches of rain.
"Hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed and about 150 miles of road that was destroyed," Wynn said this week. "Some of the towns around Boulder are completely cut off from everything. You can't access the communities."
He said he traveled to areas that were still accessible and studied the news reports on those places hardest hit.
"A lot of the rain was occuring in the Rocky Mountains and so a lot of these small creeks that flow into Boulder and surrounding communities, they turned into rivers," he explained.
Wynn said the community opened shelters and evacuated people from many of the 400 homes and 150 miles of roads destroyed. He said South Georgians can take lessons from the tragedy, especially during Hurricane season.
"Whether it's flooding, hazardous material spills, a tornado, a hurricane, people should be prepared to either evacuate their home in a few minutes notice or be able to stay in that home self-sustaning for three to five days," he noted.