Thousands of people were displaced from their homes in September’s floods, including hundreds who were airlifted out of mountain towns cut off by the raging waters. For those evacuated from the secluded mountain community of Big Elk Meadows, it’s not clear when they will be able to go back home.
September’s floods have increased the pressure on an already-tight rental housing market along Colorado’s Front Range. Even before the disaster forced many displaced home owners to seek rental housing, apartments were scarce and rents have been rising for several years.
More than a month after floodwater soaked the state, washing out roads and bridges, state and local crews are rushing to get those roads reopened before the winter. Many mountain roads were hit hardest, with North Cedar Brook Road in Pinewood Hills one of many on the list.