Flood-damaged US Highway 34 set to reopen Thursday

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LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) -- A highway that was severely damaged when flood waters rushed through the Big Thompson Canyon between Loveland and Estes Park is set to reopen Thursday.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Amy Ford tells the Loveland Reporter-Herald (http://bit.ly/HY4kv9) the repairs to U.S. Highway 34 are temporary and the department expects to design the final repairs over the winter and spring.

The highway had been closed since the September flooding, which killed nine people, damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 homes and washed out hundreds of miles of roads.

Sara Judge, manager of the historic Dam Store at the mouth of the canyon, says the reopening is "a blessing for people all the way around."

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