Estes Park ready for business after last year's floods

ESTES PARK - Ten months after floods devastated Estes Park, it's now hard to tell anything happened. The message from the town is we're open for business and so are highways 34 and 7 to get you there.

It hasn't been easy, but shop owners in town say their community came together after the flood to quickly rebuild. Many of the locals say everyone was determined to work together and figure out how they could become an even stronger town.

Kathleen George, owner of Rustic Mountain Charm, says business has been better than expected for her company.

"Eight consecutive record months for sales. We have just done really well. We have hope that it's going to be a good year and good season for us," George said.

Just down the street, Nirbendra KC, owner of a local ice cream store says his business is also doing well. The busy streets and the beautiful weather has drawn even more customers into his shop.

"We are doing well. Business is picking up and we're hoping things stay like this. I think a lot of people want to come to Estes Park to see how we're doing," KC said.

Whatever the reason, thousands of people have descended on the town. Local events that have returned is just one of the reasons shop owners say they've been keeping busy.

"The local events, like the YMCA is in town and they're bringing people from all over the world here. It helps because these people need a place to stay, they need food, they shop, they're helping our town," George said.

This weekend the annual rodeo, put on by Estes Park Western Heritage, will return to town. This year, event officials say Estes Park will turn pink to raise money for cancer.

"We are turning pink through lights and decorations to show support for our local oncology center. We have people from all over the country as well as all over the world coming and 100% of that money goes to the Estes Park Medical Center to the oncology department," Larry Bowen, Director of Marketing for Estes Park Western Heritage said.

It's just another example of the community helping each other in their road to recovery. So if anyone wondered whether Estes Park would make it through the flood, shop owners say just come up and see for yourself. Estes Park is back.

"Estes Park is beautiful, we're open for business and we're welcoming visitors," George said.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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