Residents celebrate resilience year after flooding in Allenspark

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ALLENSPARK, Colo. -- For residents over the past year, the restaurant has been their rock in rough waters. Locals Ed and Erin Whicker come here for the food as much as the fortitude.

Before they ate, they decided to digest pictures of their property from a year ago today.

"This is my front yard,” Ed said. “What used to be the driveway is now the Front Creek."

When the skies opened up, the Whickers were not only cut off from the nearby towns of Allenspark and Riverside, but the rest of the world.

"We were there when our bridge broke loose,” Ed said. “Our big wooded bridge went 'Goosh!'

The whickers decided to stay put, and they -- like countless others up here -- weathered the storm.

"I'm certainly proud of everybody for how resilience we've been and how hard we've worked to try to re-claim how their lives were like before,” Erin said.

And what better place to toast the 1-year journey -- from the depths of despair to the celebration of life -- than at the place that so many now call a 2nd home? The Meadow Mountain Café.

"We celebrating the fact that we came through it as well as we did – our strength and resilience in the face of what a difficult experience that was,” Erin said.

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