Big Thompson Canyon
It’s a battle against time and the weather for the Colorado Department of Transportation for roads and bridges that need to be repaired or replaced. The repair crews have to work fast because winter weather will be in Colorado soon.
Seven people are dead due to flooding and three people are missing and presumed dead — all in Larimer County.
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park have reopened to visitors but it’s still pretty messy in the aftermath of flooding.
Among those missing is a woman in Larimer County who was washed away in the raging waters. The woman’s son was able to salvage one piece of family history after a friend saw a report on CBS4.
On Tuesday for the first time Copter4 was allowed up the Big Thompson Canyon and could see just how much destruction the Big Thompson River wreaked on Highway 34.
Amid the organized chaos of the disaster emergency center in Loveland on Monday were reunions, hugs and tears.
A little more than a year after Gov. John Hickenlooper insisted his wildfire-ravaged state was still “open for business,” he may have to throw another lifeline to the state’s billion-dollar tourism industry as the world takes in the startling images of dramatic flood rescues and washed-out roads.
Larimer County sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz says the home was in the Cedar Cove area, right above an area called the Narrows.
Some of the worst flooding has been along the Big Thompson River west of Loveland. One man documented his escape from the potentially deadly flooding.
A small wildfire in the Big Thompson Canyon in northern Colorado is 75 percent contained.