Several dozen Lyons residents, and just as many employees from various state and federal agencies were on hand Monday morning in Bohn Park. Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet were among the distinguished guests who were in Lyons to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 2013 September
flood. Others who joined Lyons Mayor Connie Sullivan and spoke to the “grit” and resiliency of the Lyons community were the Irv Halter, Executive Director of DOLA, Lee dePalo, FEMA Regional Director, Diana Ralston of CAN'd Aid, Stone Cup owner Mindy Tallent, and LHS student Hailey Odell, who read her flood poem, “What If.” Among those recognized were members of the United States Army, stationed in Utah, who were instrumental in the reconstruction of Highway 36 between Lyons and Estes Park, as well as the Lyons Volunteers, who did some much for so many after the flood. The family of Gerald Boland, the lone flood fatality from Lyons, were also in attendance to help plant a tree in the park in his honor. After the speeches, Hickenlooper joined Town Administrator and Sullivan for a tour of the “HickenLooper Loop,” a trail through Bohn Park that has been named in the Governor's honor.