Bomb cyclone takes a toll on Colorado Springs trees


The bomb cyclone took a toll on the urban forestry in El Paso County, including Colorado Springs, with the west side seeing the least amount of damage.

More than 120 requests have come into the city asking for assistance for down trees.

Crews have been working around the clock to clear the damage, but many trees continue to obstruct apartments, homes, cars, and more.

“I saw this tree blow all day yesterday, left for work and came back, had no clue (it was down), didn’t hear a word last night,” said Lisa Spires, who lives in an apartment complex on Circle Drive.

One neighborhood on South Claremont Street got hit hard by the storm. Many are now in contact with their insurance companies, seeing just how much they’re covered.

“I was calling my neighbors about their tree and then my tree fell down,” Chuck Haynes said.

The city said it could take several weeks to clean up the mess left behind by the bomb cyclone.

“Be patient with us,” said Dennis Will with the city of Colorado Springs. “It takes a lot of heavy equipment and specialized technicians: Parks and Recreation. Forestry Division. We will get to the work as quickly as we can.”

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