Colorado flood evacuees allowed to get belongings

Associated Press
Colorado flood evacuees allowed to get belongings

LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Residents displaced by last week's flooding in the hard-hit Colorado canyon town of Lyons have gotten their first glimpse of the damage.

Hundreds of evacuees were allowed past National Guard roadblocks Thursday to find a scene of tangled power lines, downed utility poles, and mud-caked homes and vehicles. Work crews were furiously clearing debris and trying to restore power, water and sewer service.

Under tight security, the evacuees were given just two hours to check on their homes and leave. Boulder County sheriff's deputies roamed the small town, checking residents' IDs out of concern that overcrowding would interfere with workers using heavy machinery.

About 1,600 people live in Lyons, a picturesque community framed by sandstone cliffs. On Sept. 9, the St. Vrain River destroyed dozens of homes, a trailer park, two town bridges and sections of the only road in and out of town.