“This is disappointment upon disappointment,” said Alli Bowdey, a nurse whose family fled their home in Louisville and is now wrapped up in a house with relatives. On top of everything else, her husband tested positive for coronavirus and was quarantined at a hotel on Saturday.
“We just looked at each other in disbelief,” she said.
Robert Guokas, 83, was well prepared for a power outage from his home in the Sans Souci mobile home park that did not burn in the fires.
A former scout, he has kept his mobile home warm with a propane heater, used a camping stove to heat water and bundled in sleeping bags and layers of clothing collected over the years from army surplus stores. But on Saturday, he began to run out of propane, and he was worried that if the outcome continued much longer, his preparations would not be adequate.
“It will stretch my line,” he said. He said it would be worse to leave for a shelter than to stay at home. By lying down, he could try to minimize the damage, for example by replacing the pots he has set up to catch the water dripping through his roof after the strong wind on Thursday tore part of it off.
“You leave it for three or four days or a week and it becomes an abandoned one, it becomes irreparable,” said Mr. Guokas.
If the outcome continues, he said, he is most worried that his pipe will burst. The damage caused by a burst pipe could be so severe that it would be cheaper to find a new mobile home than to make repairs to his decades-old device. But with his income of only $ 1,400 a month from social security, he also has no idea how he can afford it.
As the extent of the devastation became clearer on Saturday, thousands of displaced families across the Boulder area began to face questions about whether they would rebuild and how they would find temporary housing in a location facing a severe housing shortage. and an affordable crisis. which has already priced many young families out of Louisville and Superior.