Madison musician rescued from Colorado floods | Health
Catastrophic flooding in Colorado stranded a Madison man and his family on vacation in the Big Thompson River Canyon.
Last week, the mountains north of Denver received an influx of rain that caused flash flooding in canyons. Mark Noxon was on a break from playing bass with his Madison-based group, the Mighty WheelHouse. He was spending time with family in the area that was ravaged by floodwaters. The unrelenting rain had washed out the road, leaving Noxon and his family stranded for three days.
"I never felt the way I felt last week when I was completely helpless," Noxon said. "There was no power, no nothing. Just rationing food and water, surrounded by this raging river."
The trapped group was told the best case scenario would get them out of the canyon in a month, so Noxon said he climbed a hill and flagged down an army chopper.
"I just ran, and it was an hour of chaos," Noxon said. "I wasn't thinking about anything but getting my folks across the river and helping the family to get to where they could be picked up."
Everyone including Noxon's 92-year-old dad was flown to safety. Noxon was back in Madison playing with his band Wednesday.