PUEBLO, Colo. — Crews in Pueblo have been working throughout the past couple of days to get everything back up and running after this weekend’s spring snowstorm.
Pueblo City Council said they are considering all of the damage an emergency, and there’s no telling how long it will take to get it all cleaned up.
“I know there’s no getting away from it. It’s just nature,” said Harold Carver, who has lived in Pueblo for about six years.
While he says he absolutely loves living here, this wicked Colorado weather has been a little harsh.
“These last storms we’ve had in the last two weeks have been devastating to a lot of people,” Carver said.
Pueblo City Council agrees. President Steve Nawrocki said they’re estimating it’ll take a couple hundred thousand dollars from the emergency fund to get things back to normal.
“We’re looking at overtime,” Nawrocki said. “We’re looking at hiring some part-time. For right now we’re looking at the next two weeks going seven days a week, 12 hours a day.”
Their first priority was clearing out the public right of ways. Now, they’re concentrating on giving homeowners places to drop off debris.
“We’ll have two sites,” Nawrocki said. “One on the south side of town at Lake Minnequa in the parking lot which is off Pueblo Boulevard, and then on the north side at Eagle Ridge off of Eagle Ridge and Ridge Drive.”
The south side drop-off site at Lake Minnequa will be open starting Tuesday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Each site will be manned with wood chippers on hand. The city also plans to buy another chipper for about $75,000. All of that mulch will be used for much-needed mitigation at Lake Minnequa.
As for Carver, he’s still fixing his roof from the big windstorm back in January. Now he’s got even more work to do.
“This storm here wasn’t quite as bad,” Carver said. “You can see limbs in the yard and over here the lady just had it cleaned up and stuff, but it was a bad storm too. One to two feet is quite a lot for this time of year.”
Since about midnight Friday, city crews have been trying to get things cleaned up. Their next priority will be getting the parks cleared of debris.
UPDATE (May 2, 2017): Pueblo County residents may take broken tree limbs to 20th Lane and County Farm Road for disposal. The service is available until May 16.