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From Estes Park to Lyons: U.S. 36 reopens


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The state opened U.S. 36 between Lyons and Estes Park, Colo., Monday, Nov. 4. Photographer Robert R. Denton took the drive between the two towns affected by heavy flooding in mid-September. The order of the photos reflect what Denton saw as he drove from west (Estes) to east (Lyons), including scenes of devastation and scenes of renewal.

Visitors mull around the main street in Estes Park on the first weekend that 36 was open between Lyons and Estes. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

Visitors mull around the main street in Estes Park on the first weekend that 36 was open between Lyons and Estes. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

A shop on the main street of Estes Park sits shuttered because of recent flooding. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

A shop on the main street of Estes Park sits shuttered because of recent flooding. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

Passerbys stop to inspect a mangled piece of metal left over after the recent flooding near Pinewood Springs, Colo. on U.S. 36 northwest of Lyons. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

Passerbys stop to inspect a mangled piece of metal left over after the recent flooding near Pinewood Springs, Colo. on U.S. 36 northwest of Lyons. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

U.S. 36 from Lyons to Estes Park, Colo. re-opened Nov. 4 after nearly two months of road repairs required after heavy flooding. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

U.S. 36 from Lyons to Estes Park, Colo. re-opened Nov. 4 after nearly two months of road repairs required after heavy flooding. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

A house sits destroyed nearly two months after heavy flooding west of Lyons, Colo. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

A house sits destroyed nearly two months after heavy flooding west of Lyons, Colo. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

A car devastated by recent flooding sits next to other debris west of Lyons, Colo. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

A car devastated by recent flooding sits next to other debris west of Lyons, Colo. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

A stretch of U.S. 36 completely washed away from recent flooding near Lyons, Colo. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

A stretch of U.S. 36 completely washed away from recent flooding near Lyons, Colo. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

Flood debris sits near the banks of the St. Vrain river west of Lyons, Colo. nearly two months after heavy flooding. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

Flood debris sits near the banks of the St. Vrain river west of Lyons, Colo. nearly two months after heavy flooding. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

Flood debris sits outside a home west of Lyons, Colo. almost two months after heavy flooding. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

Flood debris sits outside a home west of Lyons, Colo. almost two months after heavy flooding. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

Flood debris sits alongside U.S. 36 just outside Lyons, Colo. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

Flood debris sits alongside U.S. 36 just outside Lyons, Colo. (Robert R. Denton/CU News Corps)

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