How to find help–or your stranded car–after the blizzard

Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services employees clear a fallen tree from the area of Bijou Street east of downtown Colorado Springs

The roads are starting to thaw after Wednesday’s historic blizzard, and many people are now getting the chance to survey the damage and retrieve their stranded cars. 

Blizzard hotline

The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management has opened a call center to answer non-emergency questions about the blizzard. Residents can call 719-575-8888 until 6 p.m. Thursday for information about storm recovery efforts. 

Abandoned cars

The Colorado Springs Police Department is encouraging people who had to abandon their cars to retrieve them as soon as it’s safe to do so. They said most cars are at or near the place they were left, so you should check that location first. If you don’t see your car where you left it, check nearby parking lots.

If you still don’t see it, call 719-444-7000 for cars left in Colorado Springs, or 719-520-7100 for cars left in El Paso County. 

Downed trees

The Colorado Springs forestry department is working to identify and prioritize downed and damaged city trees. They’re focusing first on trees that pose a danger to the public or are blocking the public right of way. 

To report downed trees in roadways, call Public Works at 719-385-ROAD. 

To report trees that are compromised or touching power lines, call Colorado Springs Utilities at 719-448-4800.

To report downed trees on buildings, call 719-385-5942. 

The city reminds residents that downed trees on private property are the responsibility of the owner. Contact your home insurer or a private tree removal company. The city will not respond unless there is a threat to life safety.

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