Ten military helicopters returned to the mountains Wednesday as some stranded people who’ve refused help are changing their minds to evacuate, according to Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials haven’t yet released an estimate of how many people are staying put, but they say it’s higher than expected with winter coming soon. The choppers moved 114 people to safety Tuesday, and roughly 500 remained in the mountains Wednesday morning to be rescued. Helicopters are to be available for only a few more days, according to the sheriff’s office.
Meanwhile, the town of Estes Park reports that Colorado Highway 7 is open with no restrictions. Businesses in the town are reopening, as is Rocky Mountain National Park. Tourists will be encouraged to visit the valley, an economy highly dependent on them, a sheriff’s office spokesman said Wednesday morning.