Flood on the Big Thompson River – Estes Park, CO

The trip down to Drake Colorado on October 7th to help
some friends and look over the damage from the September
12th flood here in Colorado.

Drake is about 7 miles downstream from my home
and right on the Big Thompson River. My neighborhood
had been hit hard, but nothing the damage done in
Drake.

Here the photos of the journey and at the end of that
trip i decided to help make a difference and started a
fund raiser. 

If these photos move you… and you want to reach out
and make a difference – please contribute.

One of the many homes destroyed by the flood…

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a car that was washed down stream in the flood a car that was washed down stream in the flood

 

You can make a difference for 
the flood victims. please help.

http://igg.me/at/estes-park-drake-flood/x/4704877  

 

 The trip down to Drake on what used to be a paved two, and
at times three lane road – now just in many places it’s just one
lane of dirt – the construction crews are doing an amazing job
under interesting conditions.

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Look to the mid-left of the photo and you will see
where the road used to be… 

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There is SUV under the camperphoto 1

 

look closely and you will see the roof of a camper
mostly buried in the river bed
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This was beautiful home right next to the river
that had lots of damage.

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this is what is left of hiway 34

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a little cabin that is no longer safe to live in. It’s
about to go over the edge.
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that area of bare dirt was covered with trees before
the flood, it slid down into the river and created
a damn of sorts – and then gave way causing an
even bigger flood down stream.
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What can i say about this home…

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You can make a difference for 
the flood victims. please help.

http://igg.me/at/estes-park-drake-flood/x/4704877  

It might be a while before that Subaru is able to
get out of it’s parking space.

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this is to give you an idea of the size of the equipment
they have down there trying to put back the pieces.
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Here is what is left of home on the edge of falling off the cliff.
most of the contents have already been washed away.
photo 4

 

You can make a difference for
the flood victims. please help.

http://igg.me/at/estes-park-drake-flood/x/4704877   

 

Flood on the Big Thompson River – Estes Park, CO

9/12/2013

The first picture is where my lawn used to be

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the water is up to my downstairs office deck – flooding if it goes any  higher.

this video is the drive to town after being evacuated…

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This a video of the river in town…

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this is below the dam in Estes Park – this field is normally hi and dry
with the river just winding through it.

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here is the lake in town – busting at the seams – what are they going to do

with all this water…

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my back yard

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the sequel coming back home…

PART #1

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PART #2

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you can the river through the trees

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 PHOTOS from my drive up the canyon…

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This picture is from last summer to give you an idea
of what it normally looks like… 

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 these pictures were coming up hiway 34 in between
Drake and Estes Park… you can see the houses flooded.

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Another bridge that was not safe for crossing…

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That is a bridge – no longer reliable – there are houses are the
other side and people were stuck…

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this is what the river looks when it’s not flooding… this is me
kayaking on the Big Thompson last summer

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The pictures below came from Tuesday 9/17/2013 

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 there is a CAR under this bridge…

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Estes Park – Big Thompson Flood

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These pictures below came from Wednesday 9/18/2013 

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Thanks for all the love and support – i hope my sweet home is still there when it’s safe to go back….

Paul Sterling

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