Colorado residents were welcomed with a spring blizzard the morning of March 26. Denver and the metro area were hit hard with 9 inches of snow …
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Colorado residents were welcomed with a spring blizzard the
morning of March 26. Denver and the metro area were hit hard with 9
inches of snow according, to the National Weather Service, and many
traffic accidents, including a 30-car pile up on I-25.
Although Elbert County residents received 14 inches of snow,
according to the National Weather Service, the overall traffic
accident number was low considering the atmosphere, said Elbert
County Sheriff Bill Frangis.
“There were very little emergency calls made,” he said.
“Everyone seemed to want to stay home.”
Frangis said there were some — slide off accidents on Highway 86
and one injury accident on Interstate 70. He credits the Elbert
County Road and Bridge department for spending so much time plowing
“They did a very good job keeping up with the snow and keeping
the drifts down,” he said.
Elizabeth Fire Protection Division Chief T.J. Steck said all
emergency resources were prepared, including snowmobiles, a snow
cat and two shelters but luckily none were needed during the storm.
Steck said the department responded to only one accident that was
“It was really cool. People were able to leave work early and
they stayed home,” he said.
“No one was taking unnecessary trips on the roads.”
Steck said this is the first time in recent history that the
fire department did not respond to any stranded motorists during a
blizzard. He said people were given enough early notice to prepare
for the storm, which allowed the fire department to respond to
regular calls rather than having to use extra resources for the
“There were no power outages and that definitely lowered the
issues,” he said.
Steck also said the Road and Bridge department did a great job
with the roads. He said by March 27, the Elizabeth Fire protection
District area was 100 percent plowed and with the added help of the
sunshine, asphalt roads were clear.
“Road and Bridge worked hard to plow all the roads through out
the county,” Steck said. “The dirt roads may be muddy, but they
have been plowed.
“About 90 percent of people can get in and out of their homes
who live outside Elizabeth and Kiowa in the sub-divisions, but it
will be tough,” Frangis said.
Overall emergency action in Elbert County was uneventful. Steck
said drivers were cautious and smart, staying home and enjoying the
snow day inside their homes.
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