Whispering Pines Cottages was a beautiful spot to stop and stay for vacationers in Colorado. Sadly, much of the area has been ravaged by recent storms and flooding.
Thanks to an alert feline, the human casualties were minimized. Jezebel the cat jumped on the sleeping Jon Johnson, owner of the Whispering Pines Cottages at 4:30 a.m. and started yowling and batting at him. Once he awoke, Jon and his wife Deyn ran from cottage to cottage to warn the other sleeping guests, "Puse! Keys! Medicine! Go!”
The waters rose to critical levels in just minutes, but everyone was safely evacuated before the river swept three cottages away and knocked three more on their sides.
“We had no warning other than the cat,” Deyn Johnson said. "I always thought we were safe unless the dam went. I credit the cat with saving my family and the lives of everyone in the cottages." She says Jezebel is going to be "treated like a queen for the rest of her life."
Comparisons have been made with the other two historic and disastrous flash floods in Colorado: the Big Thompson Canyon Flood of 1976 and the Lawn Lake flood of 1982.
"Take those times 10, that's what it looks like in the canyon," said Deyn Johnson, due to the widespread damage to homes and roads.
She's grieving over the loss of the Whispering Pines Cottages, which they have run since 1993, but is thankful for the quick notification of her hero cat.