Response crews have begun to assess damage as the floodwaters begin to recede in Colorado, . With many areas still inaccessible, officials say it is difficult to get a thorough understanding of the devastation's scope. (Sept. 17)
The town of Estes Park was dealt a harsh blow in the recent rain and subsequent flooding that hit Colorado’s Front Range. The town is still essentially cut off, with few ways in and out. For a town dependent on tourism, limited access means fewer dollars being spent.
Piles of wooden debris laced with flip flops, prescription pill bottles and Styrofoam cluttered Highway 34 near the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon. The scene is hidden behind Army National Guard barricades, and was shown to the media for the first time Tuesday night.
Post-flood Lyons is a different place than what the foothills community normally is. The population of just over 2000 people has been replaced by National Guard and crews working to repair services and helicopters land on Main Street with evacuees from neighboring canyons.