Estes Park could remain isolated for an extended period

Estes Park could remain isolated for months as officials work to re-open major roadways closed by the flooding and enter a "race against Mother Nature" to improve access before the snows come. Full Story
RON

Greeley, CO

#1 Sep 16, 2013
We are praying for all victims but my heart is Big Thompson and the areas of Drake, Glen Haven, Estes Park. No matter the time tourists will wait and I am sure will flock like crazy to there once all is normal. NO MATTER HOW LONG be STRONG and may God Bless
Renee Seiler

Denver, CO

#2 Sep 17, 2013
If anyone needs to know information on properties on hwy 34 3-4 miles east of Mall road, let me know I have been able to get some pictures...I am by the old Glen Comfort Store on a hill(2383).

horalka921@q.com
Eli Helmuth

Denver, CO

#3 Sep 17, 2013
Bit too much hype in this article but these are dramatic times.

I drove from Estes to Nederland yesterday in 45 minutes on easy roads with minimal damage, not much different than the previous drive down 36 to Lyons and much easier than 34 ever was.

Boulder Canyon is expected to open within 30 days so access to the Front Range will be approx. 1:15 once that happens or about double the previous time. Certainly there will be some days when the weather makes this drive more difficult and if you haven't invested in snow tires yet, may be time to do so. Shopping in Nederland was fine as they had almost no flood damage and things are "normal" for that town.

"so if you're stuck there, you're going to be OK for a little while" is a bunch of bad baloney as there are no BIG problems with living here for 90% of folks who weren't directly flood affected and this alarmist attitude is less than helpful.

Please start bringing mail, etc through Nederland as commuting over Trail Ridge is a poor choice and there was one checkpoint between Nederland and Estes at the junction of 7 and 72 to prevent non-residents from traveling north.

Best of luck to everyone with the flood recovery.
Living in Paradise

Estes Park, CO

#4 Sep 17, 2013
Apparently you are just a visitor to Estes. The article addresses concerns for people who either live in Estes and work in the valley or who work in Estes and live in the valley. Sure we can get to Denver with no problem, but these citizens who have to travel Hwy. 34 or 36 on a daily basis will be isolated from their normal lives.
Eli Helmuth wrote:
Bit too much hype in this article but these are dramatic times.
I drove from Estes to Nederland yesterday in 45 minutes on easy roads with minimal damage, not much different than the previous drive down 36 to Lyons and much easier than 34 ever was.
Boulder Canyon is expected to open within 30 days so access to the Front Range will be approx. 1:15 once that happens or about double the previous time. Certainly there will be some days when the weather makes this drive more difficult and if you haven't invested in snow tires yet, may be time to do so. Shopping in Nederland was fine as they had almost no flood damage and things are "normal" for that town.
"so if you're stuck there, you're going to be OK for a little while" is a bunch of bad baloney as there are no BIG problems with living here for 90% of folks who weren't directly flood affected and this alarmist attitude is less than helpful.
Please start bringing mail, etc through Nederland as commuting over Trail Ridge is a poor choice and there was one checkpoint between Nederland and Estes at the junction of 7 and 72 to prevent non-residents from traveling north.
Best of luck to everyone with the flood recovery.
Bill and Marge Lawrence

Baldwinsville, NY

#5 Sep 18, 2013
Still just hard to believe this has happened. The pictures only tell a little of the whole story. We've been able to reach a few of our friends by phone and internet, but what makes it to national news has not included much of what has happened to our former home. Hope everyone can just hang in there and maybe some good will happen soon. Just kinda wish we were there to lend a hand. We send our thoughts and prayers along and hope the essential services and roads are soon available.
Owen K

Lincoln, NE

#6 Sep 18, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this terrible disaster. God's blessings on everyone and on the cleanup and restoration efforts.

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