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RMNP, Estes Park Open But Messy

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Feet of mud must be removed from the middle of Estes Park but the town is open (credit: CBS)

Feet of mud must be removed from the middle of Estes Park but the town is open (credit: CBS)

ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4)- Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park have reopened to visitors but it’s still pretty messy in the aftermath of flooding.

Highway 7 has reopened to Estes Park and Trail Ridge Road is once again open to tourists.

Crews continued to plow up to a foot of mud left standing along Estes Park’s main street after the river coursed through the heart of town late last week.

There is no fee to get into RMNP but all the trails on the east side of the park are closed.

Several roads on that side of the park are also closed.

In Estes Park, comparisons were drawn to two historic and disastrous flash floods: the Big Thompson Canyon Flood of 1976 that killed 145 people, and the Lawn Lake flood of 1982 that killed three.

Estes Park town administrator Frank Lancaster said this flood is worse than the previous ones because of the sustained rains and widespread damage to infrastructure across the Rocky Mountain Foothills.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.

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