U.S. 36 to reopen nearly 1 month early after Colorado flood

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- Surrounded by flood victims and members of the Colorado National Guard, on Tuesday officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation announced Highway 36 will be reopening much sooner than planned.

The road, which has been shutdown except to locals since the floods in September, will now reopen on Monday at noon and connect drivers between Lyons and Estes Park.

CDOT crews have been working around the clock since the floods began to reopen damaged or destroyed roads before the cold winter weather arrives.

Also on Tuesday, among a group of hundreds of flood victims in Longmont, many flood relief groups celebrated the progress of the last six weeks.