Good news for residents of Lyons, the town hard hit by flood damage from the September floods.
At the Lyons Town Hall meeting Thursday night it was announced that all utilities should be restored to the downtown business district.
On Monday, the daytime checkpoint into Lyons will be removed and tourists will be encourage to come shop and eat a Lyons businesses. Nighttime checkpoints and curfews will remain in place.
Beginning Saturday, residents in certain neighborhoods will be allowed to return home for good as all utilities will be restored. Utility crews will be in the area to help turn on gas appliances. Other residents will be allowed to go home later, after their utilities have been restored.
The elementary and middle/senior high schools were not damaged in the floods but have no utilities. If repair crews remain on schedule, the schools will reopen on the Monday after Thanksgiving break: Dec 2.
The Lyons waste water treatment plant is back open and running. The plant uses "good bacteria" to eat waste to operate the plant. For the first week, residents will not be allowed to dump chemicals, soap, grease or excess water into drains or the sewer to keep the bacteria happy. They are only allowed to flush fecal waste down drains. Residents were reminded not to overwhelm the sewage system and remember the adage "If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down" for one week, beginning Saturday.
It could be up to 30 days before the Lyons post office is back in operation.
U.S. Highway 36 between Lyons and Estes Park will reopen sooner than anticipated. The road will reopen in early to mid-November.