LYONS - When Kirsten Liegmann evacuated her house on September 15th, she had no idea it would be nearly two months before she could return. She thought it would be longer.
"We were told we might be able to move in before Christmas," Liegmann said. "But, to be able to move in now, it was like Christmas presents times ten."
Liegmann and Rennie Davis had been living in their RV for the past six weeks in front of a friend's house in Boulder. Their home had no power, no gas and no plumbing after flood waters devastated the entire town of Lyons.
"Not being able to go home when you want to go home, there's just something about that," Liegmann said.
They are two of hundreds of residents allowed to move back into the north and central parts of Lyons after crews have worked nearly around the clock to restore utilities about two months ahead of schedule.
"The fact that they were able to actually put it up this quick, I mean, we are thoroughly impressed," Liegmann said.
Now, she, Davis and other residents can start to put their lives back together.
"It's like moving into a house for the first time, only it's worse," Davis said. "Because a lot of your things are still here but everything seems disheveled."
Other parts of town received direct damage from the flood waters with homes destroyed or even washed away. Residents in those neighborhoods obviously have a much longer time table. But, in downtown Lyons, some businesses are opening back up. Saturday, residents even held their annual Halloween Parade.
"We just walked downtown, came back in, it just seems like we know everybody," Davis said. "The whole town, everybody is just so together."
But, Liegmann says things will still move slowly with businesses.
"I would say it's going to be another month or so before everything is up and running," Liegmann said.
Lyons depends heavily on tourism for its economy. So, Liegmann believes it will be until at least next spring before the town can make a full revival. Plus, there are still water usage restrictions and portable toilets stationed all around Lyons.
"We are going to have wash basins for our dishes," Liegmann said.
At least, they have their house back.
"It's just lovely to be home, so grateful to be home," Liegmann said.
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