When the floods hit, Estes Park became the hub of a mountain area cut off from the rest of the state. The small, 25-bed Estes Park Medical Center became the only accessible hospital for hundreds of miles.
Even though Highway 7 is now partially repaired, the ride is still too long for ambulances. Helicopters are the only way to transport patients to other facilities.
The staff is assuming that their current status, with limited vehicle access but communications restored, will persist for some time. They say they are up to the challenge.