The devastation in the canyon was difficult to see, and the loss to homes and property owners was immense, as you can see from some of these photos. The river bed has changed forever, as the river simply changed it's route where ever it pleased. We saw several bridges sitting alone in the canyon, with no water beneath them, as the river flowed several hundred feet away. Boulders and rocks are spread throughout the canyon, completed changing how it used to look. Smith Park, where our family has had picnics for many years is completely gone.
|Mountain Goats in the Canyon|
I've reported on the recovery of the Poudre River since the same flood. While the Poudre suffered damage, the Big Thompson destruction was significantly worse. Although nature will take care of it's recovery, as evidenced by the fish count, my thoughts are with the people that will have to rebuild their homes.
|Big Thompson River in Downtown Estes Park|