Big Thompson River
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The cars that normally clog Main Street in Lyons on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park have been replaced by military supply trucks.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.
Larimer County sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz says the home was in the Cedar Cove area, right above an area called the Narrows.
A search and rescue veteran in Left Hand Canyon had to scramble up a tree to survive the flood waters.
People could get out of Estes Park but couldn’t get back in on Friday. The infrastructure in town is devastated.