2013 Flood Photos Updated
Aspen Lodge Area
TVLA Board Member Marilyn Zimmann and her husband John took a drive on September 13, 2013, through some of the flood damaged areas along Highway 7 in the Tahosa Valley. They took a fine series of photographs of flood damage in the area. TVLA is pleased to present a few of them here. The photo above is of a massive landslide that came down a slope of the Twin Sisters and through Aspen Lodge.
The photo above is of a washout on Highway 7 just above Lily Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park monitored the new Lily Lake Dam carefully since the newly planted vegetation on the repaired dam face had not really had time to take root. The newly repaired dam did hold but there was bad flooding along Fish Creek below the dam. The lower Fish Creek damage is well documented on the Estes Park Trail-Gazette website at http://www.eptrail.com/.
Next we move just south of Aspen Lodge and get another view of the landslide through Aspen Lodge. Master Chen tells us that he will probably have to be closed for six months.
We now move a little farther south to another view of the path of the flood along Highway 7 below Aspen Lodge.
Now we move a little farther south.
Farther south the junction of Levings Way and Highway 7 is still flooding heavily.
St Malo Area
A massive flood came down from above St Malo carrying beetle killed dead trees and formed a dam at the Highway 7 fill past St Malo Center. This dam blocked the culvert beneath Highway 7 causing a heavy flood flow across Highway 7.
Another view of the debris dam with the St Catherine chapel at St Malo in the foreground.
Allenspark Fire Department personnel helped Highway 7 traffic through the flooded area of the highway.
Restoration of Highway 7 through the Tahosa Valley is a very high priority for CDOT since it is the main all weather supply line from Denver. The route from Golden follows U S 6 west to its junction with CO 119 below Blackhawk. The route then follows CO 119 to the traffic circle in Nederland. CO 119 is closed through Boulder Canyon. The route the follows CO 72 from Nederland along the Peak to Peak Highway, to its junction with CO 7 above Riverside. The route the follows CO 7 into Estes Park.
Aspen Lodge a few days later
A few days later on September 21, the Zimmanns again visited Aspen Lodge and captured the following views of the flood and landslide damage on the property.
The Aspen Lodge parking lot behind the main lodge building was filled with landslide debris from the Twin Sisters mountain.
There was water in big pools still draining from the landslide and rainfall.
Heavy equipment was at work creating drainage channels and clearing out the parking areas and driveways.