Rocky Mountain National Park
The Town of Estes Park has two priorities: allowing evacuees to return home and getting tourists back to visit.
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park have reopened to visitors but it’s still pretty messy in the aftermath of flooding.
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.
Weary Colorado evacuees have begun returning home after days of rain and flooding, but Monday’s clearing skies and receding waters revealed only more heartbreak.
The search for people stranded from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the plains of northeastern Colorado grew more difficult Sunday, with a new wave of rain threatening to hamper airlifts from the flooded areas still out of reach.
The cars that normally clog Main Street in Lyons on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park have been replaced by military supply trucks.
Officials with the Department of Transportation on Sunday announced that they have opened an emergency road route out of Estes Park for emergency purposes, local residents or for tourists who need to leave.
Officials with the Department of Transportation on Saturday announced that they have opened an emergency road route to Estes Park, which was cut off on Friday when Rocky Mountain National Park officials closed the park and Trail Ridge Road closed.
There are still signs that the flooding disaster is nowhere close to being resolved in Estes Park.
People could get out of Estes Park but couldn’t get back in on Friday. The infrastructure in town is devastated.