In 2006 our family moved right into the middle of post-Katrina New Orleans. At that time, New Orleans was literally in shambles and many people around the country were questioning whether the city should be rebuilt at all. Fortunately, nobody listened to them as the next seven years were nothing short of amazing.
Today, New Orleans is an outstanding example of what happens when a resilient population decides to roll up its sleeves and rebuild better than what was there before.
Ironically, our family just left New Orleans this summer to move to Colorado, as my wife’s family operates Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park.
Like New Orleans, the early days after the floods bring a range of emotions, suffering and even helplessness.
I write today to make a prediction for all of those mountain towns that may look beyond repair today. In time, all of them — that is right, all of them — will come back stronger than ever. In addition, the people of these communities will have a sense of accomplishment and victory that will be unlike anything they have experienced before.
Our family has been part of one amazing recovery and we are looking forward to seeing Colorado do the same.
Kurt Klebe and Brooke Cheley Klebe, Denver
This letter was published in the Sept. 19 edition.