Big Thompson River
Some evacuated residents in Larimer County are eager to return home but fear by the time they get there, irreparable damage may have been done. Others refused to leave and built a road in and out.
A couple who owns a home in one of the communities that was hit worst by flooding says while they were trapped in their mountain town they used downed trees to cross raging waterways and rope lines to make their way up muddy banks.
Farmers in Weld County are hoping for a quick cleanup of debris in the Big Thompson River so business can get back on track after the 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.
Larimer County officials are reassuring evacuees that they will get the help they need as they endure a long wait before they can return home.
As Colorado mountain towns cut off for days by massive flooding slowly reopened, shopkeepers in Estes Park worked to both clean up and remove salvageable goods from ravaged businesses for fear the swollen Big Thompson River would rise again.
The cars that normally clog Main Street in Lyons on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park have been replaced by military supply trucks.
A Larimer County official says an 80-year-old woman is missing and presumed dead after her home was washed away by the Big Thompson River.
As rescuers broke through to flood-ravaged Colorado towns, they issued a stern warning Saturday to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies.