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Wow, I canceled my participation in the Estes Park Fine Art Festival earlier this morning. I didn't want to make a 6 hour drive up there through these floods and mudslides... but now the situation is much worse. Here is a video of downtown Estes Park taken this  morning. Hoping everyone in Estes is safe.

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Comment by Weldon Lee on September 18, 2013 at 9:14am

Rae, glad to know you're safe and sound. I just got word yesterday from National Guard personnel that a large portion of Hwy 7 between Lyons and Estes Park was completely obliterated, along with the destruction of several nearby homes. Although I do not know the exact location, it sounded like it was in the area around the Riverside exit.

Comment by Connie Mettler on September 16, 2013 at 12:22pm

This is devastating. Rae, I can't imagine what your friend went through! Bears, exploding transformers, houses disappearing into the river. It must have been terrifying. Thank goodness she got out. 

You've got to give kudos to the Estes park show organizers for refunding everything! I'm very impressed.

Comment by Richard L. Sherer on September 16, 2013 at 11:34am
I got emails from Elk Fest and rental agency in Estes on Sunday. The town has a flood recovery information page on FaceBook.
Comment by Susan Spohn on September 16, 2013 at 11:01am

Thank you for adding this post Rae. We see the flood photos, and can only imagine what each person involved is having to face in these dire situation. Many prayers to all involved.

Comment by Ruth Finkenbiner on September 15, 2013 at 12:05am

I can't even imagine how bad it is up there or in Lyons CO.  We got out of Longmont CO yesterday, took 5.5 hours to get from Longmont to north of Ft. Collins with lots of detours, the amount of flood devastation was unreal.  The St. Vrain River, Left Hand Creek, Le Poudre River, Big Thompson and all the other rivers that flooded was unreal.  We were told to evacuate our campground near Longmont Wednesday night, a very stressful situation since we're full time RV'ers. Thankful to have made it out of there, our hearts go out to the people in that region.

Comment by Connie Mettler on September 14, 2013 at 3:53pm

I heard Bill Nye, the Science Guy, on Bill Maher last night -- talking about the changing of the climate and how it is manifesting all around us. So scary.

Hope all of you in Colorado are okay.

Comment by Weldon Lee on September 13, 2013 at 4:31pm

I discovered earlier today that I couldn't get to Estes even if I wanted too. Hwy 7 is closed at St. Malo, as well as in Lyons.

Comment by Connie Mettler on September 13, 2013 at 3:33pm

Thanks for these updates, Susan. So sad for all involved, counting my blessings here in Michigan.

Comment by Susan Spohn on September 13, 2013 at 11:00am

Latest aerial photos of Estest Park. I cannot believe how bad this is.  Yes, I believe most communications are out in Estes Park.

Comment by Weldon Lee on September 13, 2013 at 9:38am

My heart also goes out to those putting on the show. I'm in nearby Allenspark if you need any help. However, based on what I'm hearing, most communication in Estes is out.

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