You may make it up to Glen Haven yet next summer. They just announced tonight on TV that highway 36 to Estes is open for one lane traffic. The one lane will be wide enough to allow cars to pass each other. The state is now allowing people to return to the town of Lyons. The 1000 people of Lyons has not been able to return to their homes until Friday. I believe they said over TV that 500 have returned. Many others have no home to go back to. The National guard and state police have been manning a gate
More important to your trip to Glen Haven is My Grand Son who is with the Colorado Dept. of Transportation told me tonight that State Highway 34 is scheduled to open one lane on December 1st
It will be interesting to see what driving a model T to Estes will be like.
My oldest boy and I drove our Ts to the Dam Store Friday. If you remember the dam the top part was washed away. As was the first 7 miles of Highway 34. The State Patrol would not let us drive our Ts past the Dam Store. Huge truck loads of Rock and cement trucks were rolling past the Dam Store headed up the Narrows.
Wow! Thanks for the update Dave.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
This sounds like this flood was much worse than the Big Thompson Canyon flood of some years ago. I think that was a flash flood also.
This flood was much more wide spread. It was from just North of Denver to almost the Wyoming State Line. It also flooded out miles and miles of flat land to the east. Over half of county bridges to the east in the flater areas were knocked out and many still are. As far as I know the Little Thompson river below us knocked out every county bridge. These bridges were about a mile or so apart. The Little Thompson is usually so small that it sometimes dries up in the late summer but during the flood it was a raging river. The water uprooted thousands of large trees and pushed them down stream to the first bridge they came to. More often than not the water did not take out the bridge but washed out the approaches. There are still many, many roads still closed at the County Bridges in this area.
The 1976 Big Thompson flood that killed about 150 people was limited just to the Big Thompson Canyon on highway 34. I understand that there was a huge storm cloud above the Canyon and It just sat there and poured rain. People with houses further up the hill sides reported hearing people screaming for help floating down the river in houses and cars.
About a week or two before this last flood I had a friend from Florida in my T headed up the Big Thompson Canyon on highway 34. We passed several LARGE houses being built right down on the river bed. I told him at that time that someday there will be another flood like the 76 flood and it will take those houses right out. And yet Fema Tax money will be pored in to those people and there will be more houses built on the river bed.