CNN PRODUCER NOTE Alex Bamberger, 26, a mechanical engineer in Boulder, Colorado, says photography is a side hobby. He started snapping photos the night of Thursday, September 12, as flooding hit the area. This image was taken right outside his front door. 'The water level was slowly rising and had gotten to about six inches below our floors. The quiet neighborhood street that we live on had turned into a raging torrent of mud-stained water, carrying debris and belongings. Across the street there is a set of garden-level apartments. I heard people yelling 'Someone is stuck in there!' and there was a group of people who were trying to cross the river while tying themselves to each other for safety. A firetruck came from the west and after a moment of hesitation, forded the river to gain a better position for the extraction. Men in galoshes, red suits and wearing white water throw bags jumped out the truck and disappeared from view. We were lucky and we still had electricity, heat and a warm fire glowing in our fireplace and we could only watch from our pond of a front lawn.' At one point, he noted that there was a big inflatable boat in his front yard. In the morning, he went for a walk in the neighborhood and saw damage all around: 'Cars are displaced, fences are ripped away and neighbors have up to six feet of water in their basements. But everyone is just glad to be around.'
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer