Lyons residents finally returning home after devastating flood

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LYONS, Colo. -- Six weeks after the Colorado floods forced thousands of people from their houses, this weekend an estimated 1,000 Lyons residents will be returning to the place they call home.

The return, which is set to begin on Saturday, comes after a month of nonstop work for cleanup crews who have been trying to restore basic services including gas, water and electric.

"We have had crews working seven days a week for six weeks, and we're finally at a point where we can get folks home," said the Lyons town administrator in an interview with FOX31 Denver on Thursday.

On Friday, the town is expected to begin allowing some business to reopen as they re-establish basic utilities. Many businesses, which have been closed since the flooding began in mid-September, are anxious to open before the holiday season.

On Saturday, hundreds of people are expected to pack downtown Lyons for the annual Halloween parade. The event, which is open to the public and begins at 4:00 p.m. at Sandstone park, is a tradition town officials hope will show that things are returning to normal.

"It's always good to be home, but when you've been gone this long ... it's really good to get home." added one resident.

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