We awoke this morning and drove around town looking at all the devastation. It was heart-breaking and unbelievable. Many of the lodges whose owners we know were flooded out and many of the business owners couldn’t even get to their business because of the flooding downtown.
We went to a town meeting today and they do not know when any of the roads to Estes Park will open. The gas stations are almost out of gas and the grocery shelves are pretty bare. The only way in is over Trail Ridge Road which is about 12,000 feet in elevation and not made for huge trucks. But they opened it for commercial vehicles until one of the other roads is repaired. RMNP is closed to visitors.
Here are some photographs to show you what it is like here now. And then…I will post photographs of the construction, instead of the destruction as Estes Park recovers.
The first three photographs are of downtown Estes Park (2 on Elkhorn Ave. and one behind the library) The next two are of two lodges along Fall River Road which were totally flooded. The river was huge along there! The next two are of bridges along Fall River leading to lodges. People couldn’t get in or out. You can see the yellow jeep in one…where the “wave” is where there used to be a bridge that washed out. That is Fall River right there. The people are stuck on the other side of the river for a while.
And lastly, is Nicky’s Restaurant which is directly across the street from our road. It was under water this morning….but they made great headway on their clean-up efforts!!
It has been an unbelievable few days but you can already see that Estes Park is going to pick up the pieces and move on. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost so much.