Homeowners say winds worst they've seen in Estes Park

6:51 PM, Nov 13, 2011   |    comments
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Thankfully, Estes Park officials say nobody was hurt.
Strong gusts uprooted massive trees and left somewhere between 1,000 and 1,500 people without power as late as Sunday evening.

Trees could be seen on power lines Sunday.

Throughout the day, many wielded chainsaws to cut off limbs. But the noise from Saturday is what Estes Park residents remember.

"Very loud, very very loud," said Jerry Blackmore, who owns Rocky Mountain Resorts. A tree fell near one of his cabins and crashed into the windshield of two cars - both guests.

"I haven't slept in almost 27 hours," said Blackmore, who busied himself checking on guests Sunday at various locations.

"You can't imagine that wind would take something down that's a hundred years old like that," said Blackmore of the tree. 

About five minutes down the road is where Shirley Olson lives. Just feet from her cabin is her car - crunched under a tree that fell late Saturday night.

"It's just unreal - I mean, there it is," she said from her front porch.

Though her car is destroyed, her cabin is left untouched.

"Just feel very blessed," she said.

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