Estes Park ready for business despite challenges

8:44 PM, Sep 25, 2013   |    comments
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ESTES PARK - When the floods poured through the mountains, they cut off access to several communities. One of the biggest communities affected by the floods is Estes Park.

Normally, people can get there from the Front Range via Highways 34 and 36. However, they're both closed until at least December 1.

In the meantime, you have to head north through Black Hawk or take Trail Ridge road from Grand Lake. Both routes tack on more than an hour of extra time.

Despite that concern, people in Estes Park are still confident tourists will make the trek to visit them.


"We are hoping for more people to come in to town. We're 100 percent positive [they will come]," local business owner said Ichccha Shakya said.

Shakya's business "Good Karma Gift Shop" is back open after being closed for 10 days after the flood. The first day her store reopened, only one customer stopped by. The second day, five customers visited her shop. People are slowly trickling back in, she said.

Most of downtown Estes Park has been cleaned up after flood waters washed dirt and debris down them.

However, part of the embankment along Lake Estes is currently flooded with debris consisting of logs, furniture and random items.

"The debris is not in the water anymore, it's kind of receding on the embankment," Estes Park resident Betsy Hill-Raymond said.

Regardless, Estes Park is back open for business. To prove it, the town is holding its annual Elk Fest this weekend. It's encouraging out of towners to stop by and check it out.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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