2013 Flood Photos Updated

Aspen Lodge Flood
Twin Sisters landslide passing through Aspen Lodge

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.

CO 7 washout above Lily Lake
Highway 7 flood damage above Lily Lake

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.

Aspen Lodge flood
Landslide and flood through Aspen Lodge

We now move a little farther south to another view of the path of the flood along Highway 7 below Aspen Lodge.

Twin Sisters landslide
Flood debris below Aspen Lodge from landslide on slope of Twin Sisters in background.

Now we move a little farther south.

Highway 7 below Aspen Lodge
Landslide from Twin Sisters to the south of Aspen Lodge

Farther south the junction of Levings Way and Highway 7 is still flooding heavily.

Levings Way and Highway 7

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.

St Malo debris dam

Another view of the debris dam with the St Catherine chapel at St Malo in the foreground.

St Malo chapel and debris dam
St. Malo wetlands showing forest debris flow

Allenspark Fire Department personnel helped Highway 7 traffic through the flooded area of the highway.

Allenspark FIre Department at the flood site.
Allenspark Fire Department helping Highway 7 traffic through the flood.

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.

St Malo sleigh
The Aspen Lodge Sleigh

The Aspen Lodge parking lot behind the main lodge building was filled with landslide debris from the Twin Sisters mountain.

Guest cars mired in mud and debris at Aspen Lodge
Guest cars mired in mud and debris at Aspen Lodge.

There was water in big pools still draining from the landslide and rainfall.

Guest cars at Aspen Lodge
Guest cars at Aspen Lodge

Heavy equipment was at work creating drainage channels and clearing out the parking areas and driveways.

Clearing folld debris
Creating drainage channels and clearing parking areas and driveways.