Piles of wooden debris laced with flip flops, prescription pill bottles and Styrofoam cluttered Highway 34 near the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon. The scene is hidden behind Army National Guard barricades, and was shown to the media for the first time Tuesday night.
Post-flood Lyons is a different place than what the foothills community normally is. The population of just over 2000 people has been replaced by National Guard and crews working to repair services and helicopters land on Main Street with evacuees from neighboring canyons.
Rushing water from the South Platte River has inundated homes, businesses and large swaths of land on the Eastern Plains of Colorado. In Evans, Colo. It’s also swamped one of two water treatment plants.