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Lyons sits at the base of two canyons, which is one of the reasons it was so impacted by the heavy rains. Two creeks—South Saint Vrain Creek and North Saint Vrain Creek—flow down the canyons and meet in the center of the town to form Saint Vrain River. This image, taken by satellites on September 26th, show the pale tan and white scars where fresh soil was exposed from erosion due to the flash flood. Source. NASA
The town of Lyons was flooded by the North and South Vrain Creeks on September 13, 2013.
Source: The Denver Post.