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Flooded Christmas Tree Farm Getting Back To Normal

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A Christmas tree farm in Boulder County that was damaged by the September floods is starting to get back on its feet.

“Your Neighborhood Christmas Tree Farm” is one of the few places in the area where people can cut down their own Christmas tree.

“All of this was kind of a lake back here,” said co-owner Elizabeth Black.

The roughly 1,000-tree farm was covered in silt, debris and nearly a foot of muddy water.

“It’s going to be about two years until we are back to normal,” said Black.

For more than a decade she’s co-owned and operated the farm which was in the path of September’s floods.

“We spent two months slinging mud,” said Black.

Now the floodwaters are gone and the ground freezing, but Black says, the long term effects are not over.

“It takes seven to 10 years to grow a full size Christmas tree,” said Black.

Black isn’t sure how the trees will bounce back from the flood in the coming years.

“We are taking a break from selling trees next year, we have to let them grow a little bit more,” she said.

She says she won’t let her dream end with the flood.

We have learned a lot doing it,” said Black.

The farm sold out of what trees they could over the weekend but they are still selling holidays wreaths.

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