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"This is awesome. The power of this water is just overwhelming," said Wayne Smart, as he looked at the rivers.

Smart just can't get over the sheer power of the rivers. He has been keeping a close eye on the Big Thompson River and Fall River all week.

"This is the most I've ever seen," he said.

The sites and sounds associated with the flooding have attracted a lot of people to town.

"We're actually encouraging people to come up and look at the river," said Jacquie Halburnt, Estes Park Town Administrator. "It's fascinating, but just keep a safe distance".

Halburnt has asked residents and business owners to keep a close eye on the flow.

"We're monitoring the flow, as well as the depth and interestingly it's gone down over the last 5 to 6 hours," she said.

Halburnt says Estes Park isn't out of the clear, just yet. In fact, she's encouraging folks to pick up sand bags.

Most of the flooding is near the post office. About a dozen spots in the post office's parking lot are now under water.

Town officials say it should clear out in the next few days. Until then, they've roped everything off.

The heavy rain Saturday also forced the closure of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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