Quote seen in the reporting This is not an ordinary disaster, Sheriff Pelle said, in reference to walls of water that were tearing at mountainsides and canyons, The Associated Press reported. All the preparations in the world cant put people up those canyons while these walls of water are coming down. Read more: Boulder, Colo., bolts, as 30-foot ?surge of water, mud, rocks' slides toward city - Washington Times Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter No Disaster is "ordinary". Things happen outside your experience and outside the planning capabilities of the community where you live. It's part of the definition. That said, flash floods are a known problem in these mountain communities. This event is an extreme example of a known threat vector. What plans had the Sheriff and disaster planers made for a typical flood? Where did the plan fail for this event? How do we change the plan to overcome these issues?