The torrential downpour persisted for five straight days, and caused flooding across 17 counties. Nearly 2,000 homes and businesses sustained damaged or were destroyed, 200 miles of roads were washed away, and eight people are confirmed dead.
Estes Park, a small tourist town in Larimer County, sustained heavy damage in the deluge. Cheri Martin and her family have a home at McCain Park in Syracuse but spend their winters in Estes Park.
“We haven’t seen much water damage around us, but we have severe damage to the sanitation system,” said Martin. “It’ll probably be a year before everything’s back to normal.”
Martin also reported most of the buildings in Estes Park, though seriously damaged, were intact. Transportation in and out of the city is difficult as state highways 36 and 7 and US 34 were severely damaged. Despite all this, the town has rallied and is already rebuilding.
“It’s been an amazing experience with the recovery,” said Martin. “Everyone has just dropped whatever they’re doing to help get this place back up and running.” Martin also reports the annual Estes Park Elk Fest will still be held this week.
Dan and Marilyn Berkey, who live on East Waco Drive in Syracuse during the summers, suffered damaged to their home in Eldorado Springs, Colo.
“We live on South Boulder Creek,” said Marilyn Berkey. “Water went through our house and left quite a bit of mud.”
The Berkey’s daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Mike Isrealson, also live in the affected area. The Isrealson’s house was not damaged, but the yard
was torn up.
The Berkeys and the Martins were among the luckier ones in this disaster. “There’s two or three towns that will be completely bulldozed,” said Stuart Jones, a former Milford resident now living in Golden, Colo. “Some towns were reduced
Currently rains have ceased, flood waters are receding, and citizens are beginning to clean up and rebuild. FEMA and Red Cross are on-hand assisting, but it will take many months and millions of dollars to repair all the damage.