LYONS, Colo. (CBS4) – As people return to their homes in the flood ravaged sections of the state they find mud, mayhem and — on occasion — a miracle. That miracle — such as an untouched grand piano — can be challenge to preserve.

Pieces of people’s lives are scattered across yards and decks and river banks. Happy to get away with their lives, the Dunfees returned to their home of seven years to see what’s left.

“It’s shocking, it’s really hard, it’s clearly very devastating and I’m overwhelmed,” Alicia Dunfee said.

The power of the St. Vrain River in Lyons remains unchecked, sweeping away decks and undercutting homes. For composer-musician Neal Dunfee Friday was the first chance to get back in and save pictures, valuables, memories and equipment.

“It’s a Shimmel grand piano and it’s going to be a chore for us,” Neal Dunfee said.

Facing tough angles and a 40-foot mud field, the 900-pound piano was a monster to wrestle. Thanks to carefully placed plywood, a number of good friends helped slide the piano inch by inch across the mud and toward the truck.

It’s one story out of the hundreds, if not thousands that Colorado is facing every day. Some will end happily, some will not. But thanks to friendship, plywood and a lot of muscle, this one did.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.


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