Topekans Tell Tale Of Colorado Flood Survival

By: Justin Surrency Email
By: Justin Surrency Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__David and Barbara Rake have lived in Topeka nearly all of their lives and enjoy vacationing in Colorado from time to time.

Never in their wildest dreams did they expect to come back with a tale of survival.

The couple joined 6 others on a vacation in Glen Haven Sunday September 7th, but several days later the beautiful views turned deadly.
David said, "On Thursday morning when we got up it was really roaring. It was going across the foot bridge. While we were eating breakfast the foot bridge went away. When the water started to cross, then there was fear."

David and Barbara, familiar with the area from daily walks took action. The two navigated through rugged terrain and up 500 foot cliffs searching for help.

David said "I went over to the other side and found a way to get up the hill and one by one I helped them get across to high ground."

Because of the circumstances, it took the Rakes nearly two hours to reach the nearest fire station which was only a half mile away.

David said, "I started yelling help at the top of my lungs and made it down as fast as I could."
Despite losing their vehicle the rakes are just happy to be alive to tell their tale.

Barbara said, "It's all through divine guidance because everything was so second by second in terms of what we were doing. Looking back it's like every second counted. We did the right thing at the right time."

After hearing the Rake's lost their vehicle to return home, their place of worship, Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene drove a van all the way to Denver and picked them up..

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