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Photos: Planet Bluegrass before, during and after the worst flood in Colorado's history

The stage at Planet Bluegrass.
The stage at Planet Bluegrass.
Photo credits below

Last fall, the largest flood (by total rainfall) in Colorado's history led the federal government to declare a state of emergency in fourteen counties. None were hit harder than Boulder County, where the two swollen branches of St. Vrain Creek decimated Lyons, driving thousands of people from their homes and causing millions of dollars' worth of damage.

This week's cover story explains how the town's incredibly fertile music scene was impacted by the flood. That scene centers on Planet Bluegrass, an organization that operates Telluride Bluegrass and hosts two other festivals on its property in Lyons. That property is situated on the creek and was buried in several feet of water and debris. This weekend, after $1 million and months of construction, the ranch will re-open for its annual RockyGrass festival. Here's what it looked like during previous festivals and throughout the flood and recovery process.

See also: Nine months after Colorado's worst flood, the musicians of Lyons are ready for a comeback

The aerial view of a previous RockyGrass festival.
The aerial view of a previous RockyGrass festival.
Benko Photographics
A previous Folks Festival at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons.
A previous Folks Festival at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons.
Benko Photographics
Tubers on the St. Vrain during a previous RockyGrass festival at Planet Bluegrass.
Tubers on the St. Vrain during a previous RockyGrass festival at Planet Bluegrass.
Russell Bramlett

Continue for photos taken during the flood.

 

The stage during the flood.
The stage during the flood.
Steve Rohrbach
A view of Planet Bluegrass's Wildflower Pavilion during the height of the flood.
A view of Planet Bluegrass's Wildflower Pavilion during the height of the flood.
Steve Rohrbach
Photos: Planet Bluegrass before, during and after the worst flood in Colorado's history
Planet Bluegrass
Photos: Planet Bluegrass before, during and after the worst flood in Colorado's history
Steve Rohrbach

Continue for more photos of the damage and rebuilding process.

 

It took over 1,000 dump truck loads to remove the debris deposited by the flooding.
It took over 1,000 dump truck loads to remove the debris deposited by the flooding.
Planet Bluegrass
A view from the stage early in the rebuilding process.
A view from the stage early in the rebuilding process.
Benko Photographics
Photos: Planet Bluegrass before, during and after the worst flood in Colorado's history
Benko Photographics

Continue for photos of the rebuilt ranch.

 

Construction continued on the Wildflower Pavilion in early May.
Construction continued on the Wildflower Pavilion in early May.
Kiernan Maletsky
A view toward the stage in May, shortly after the new grass was planted.
A view toward the stage in May, shortly after the new grass was planted.
Kiernan Maletsky
Planet Bluegrass president Craig Ferguson (right) with spokesman Brian Eyster outside Planet Bluegrass last week.
Planet Bluegrass president Craig Ferguson (right) with spokesman Brian Eyster outside Planet Bluegrass last week.
Anthony Camera

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