One of your BCSO Mountain Deputies here. It’s been a mixture of awe and heartbreak from one county line to the other.
We ventured down Overland Road tonight, as far as we could get (Fike’s place). That was one of many “white knuckle” drives. It will be another day or two before anyone can drive into town, and keep in mind, it’s a very temporary fix, it won’t be easy.
In addition to the lives that have been changed, the landscape has been changed. Other than Sunshine Canyon/Gold Hill Road, Boulder Canyon is the least structurally damaged route, and will likely be the only other available route, certainly by winter, and probably for a while to come.
Lefthand Canyon and the South St Vrain have been reclaimed by Mother Nature. Coal Creek Canyon is seriously damaged. There is no predicting how long it will take to rebuild those roads. Right now Highway 7 is open from Hwy 72 to Estes Park, and is the only access to Estes Park, but it is being overflowed by Cabin Creek through St Malo, and is already dangerously eroded. CDOT is doing their best to re-route the water flow and keep Highway 7 open, but all the effort right now is just a temporary fix.
The bottom line is, be patient. This is not only a Boulder County-wide event, it is a regional event. Resources are already going to be stretched thin, and winter is right around the corner. It’s going to be a long, long time before life in the mountains is back to what it was less than a week ago.
The “real” work will start once the water recedes, and things are going to get uglier before they better. Keep up your efforts to be there for each other, and keep the faith.