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Pueblo picks up pieces after heavy wind damage

PUEBLO – The Pueblo area was spared from the bulk of the winter elements that impacted much of eastern Colorado Wednesday, but residents are still dealing with major damage from heavy winds.

A quick drive around town reveals trampolines in trees, trees fallen on top of homes and streets cluttered with tree debris.

News 5 spoke with Dana Landreth, owner of Landreth Timber Co., as his team was removing hazardous trees.

“There’s trees down everywhere. Everywhere, there’s trees down, across roads, across houses,” Landreth said.

Landreth and his team spent most of Thursday outside the Pueblo County Courthouse, trimming down trees that now pose more of a threat than a welcome sight.

He said business has been booming.

“We started with a tree that had fallen on a house that we removed. We just go the weight off of it, and since then, it’s been one phone call after the other,” Landreth said.

The winds also spared no expense in Pueblo West. They tore bricks off of buildings, including the metropolitan district administration building. Debris including skylights, roof liners and insulation littered Industrial Boulevard Thursday as C&C Disposal worked to clear the road.

“It was definitely pretty unimaginable. I can’t imagine… It’s like a tornado or something coming through,” said Jay-Michael Baker, communications and engagement management director for the Pueblo West Metropolitan District.

Baker said the district chose to close their offices at 3 p.m. Only four people were inside when the roof came off around 20 minutes later. Thankfully, none of them were hurt.

An air conditioning unit from the building roof also came across the street and collided into the rear windshield of a parked vehicle.

However, the loss of history has been devastating. While the building no longer has a roof, it’s been the foundation of the community for decades.

“It’s a 50-year-old building. It was originally a post office put in when Robert McCulloch was building out Pueblo West,” Baker said.

The marquee sign outside Pueblo Ice Arena will need to be replaced after severe winds inflicted damage across the area on March 13, 2019.

And in downtown Pueblo, the ice arena’s marquee sign first installed in 1981 is now keeled over. A tree planted at the arena’s opening in 1975 was also uprooted.

On Pueblo’s east side, a home is no longer tenable after a massive tree came crashing down on top of the roof. Residents and businesses are picking up the pieces across Pueblo.

Sam Kraemer

Sam Kraemer

Multimedia Journalist for KOAA News 5. Email:
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