Estes Park business owners helping each other get back to work

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ESTES PARK, Colo. -- Amy Hamrick chose the name of her Estes Park coffee shop 15 years ago, not knowing one day how important its name would be

“It really all came flooding back, if you will,” Hamrick said, in a rare moment of laughter. “We’ve had so much help. It’s been amazing.”

Like so many Estes Park businesses, Hamrick opened last Thursday morning. Two hours later, the town was flooded, and her business was nearly ruined.

“The next thing we know, the parking lot goes from dry to two feet of water completely flooded,” Hamrick said.

In Estes Park, residents are doing what they can to help each other. They’re also praying soon state resources aren’t far behind

“There’s a lot of work left to be done,” Hamrick said. “So they’re probably doing the best they can do.”

Joseph Curtin moved to his home 15 years ago. Thursday`s waters took out the road around it. It`s now an island he can`t get to

I had to think about my wife and we took the two dogs,” Curtin said. “You want get out with your life.”

Tuesday morning, Hamrick opened her doors knowing serving coffee was still a few days away. But one by one, people came to help

“People were coming in off the streets,” Hamrick said. “They were coming in asking, ‘How can we help?’”

In historic Estes Park, neighbors don`t need history to help each other

“Every day, something new is happening to get us put back together,” Hamrick said. “Every day, something new is happening to get us put back together.”

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