Colorado’s devastating torrential floodwaters washed out countless roads and bridges, essentially stranding many mountain communities – including Pinewood Springs. The small community of about 600 residents is part of the town of Lyons but lies within southern Larimer County.
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 The population of just over 2000 people has been replaced by National Guard and crews working to repair services and helicopters land on Main Street with evacuees from neighboring canyons.
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As the remaining flood survivors continue to be airlifted out of towns cut off by flooding, the focus is beginning to shift to recovery. Specifically on the very reason they have to be airlifted: roads.
MARTIN: Pinball machines are as popular as ever in a small mountain town in Colorado, giving a new generation a taste of the past. NPR's Ahmad Shafi has the story.
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AHMAD SHAFI, BYLINE: Lyons, Colorado sits in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, about 20 miles north of Boulder. It's known for its annual music festivals and art scene. But in downtown Lyons, there's a business that doesn't fit that mold.