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Live Blog: Mobile home torn apart during Wednesday’s high winds

EL PASO COUNTY – As recovery from Wednesday’s historic blizzard enters its third day, we’re still monitoring power outages and efforts to clear massive snow drifts from roads in the county.

3:00 p.m. UPDATE

The City of Colorado Springs now has plows heading out to neighborhoods to clear out smaller streets to allow safe passage by everyone. There won’t be curb-to-curb plowing, but a clear line of travel into and out of neighborhoods. Be on the lookout for a plow and front end loader in your area. You are responsible for clearing the area in front of your driveway and of course the sidewalks to help prevent slip-and-falls by your neighbors.

2:15 p.m. UPDATE

News5’s photojournalist Adam Knapik and reporter Bill Folsom are out in eastern El Paso county surveying damage from the blizzard. They had to follow a safe distance from plows clearing off the rural roads.

We’re talking to a couple who lost their mobile home during winds nearing 100 miles an hour on Wednesday. The home was flipp over and torn apart. There are pieces all over the property. We’ll hear from them tonight on News5 at 6 p.m.

1:09 p.m. UPDATE

According to the Mountain View Electric Association, power was restored to more than 5,000 customers overnight. At the peak of the storm-related outages, there were 22,000 MVEA customers in the dark.

This afternoon about 3,000 are still waiting for restoration of services. The utility says service could be restored by this evening, or Saturday morning at the latest.


Mountain View Electric Outage Map | Mountain View Electric Facebook | Mountain View Electric Twitter 

12:48 p.m. UPDATE

News5’s Andy Koen is out in Black Forest checking on damage from the blizzard, including downed power lines leading to outages across the area.  This is the first look we’re getting at the area which county crews just allowed access into late Thursday with the help of road graders used for plowing.

10:58 a.m. UPDATE

The Colorado National Guard posted on Facebook that its mission is complete for rescues following Wednesday’s blizzard. Troops checked a total of 276 vehicles and rescued a total of 93 drivers and two dogs across El Paso, Douglas, Elbert and Arapahoe Counties.

9:50 a.m. UPDATE

The City of Colorado Springs is no longer on accident alert status.

9:30 a.m. UPDATE

El Paso County snow crews are still out and working on roads throughout the area with 31 trucks, 22 graders and 2 blowers.  Crews are also still working to clear cars abandoned on roads across the county.

7:00 a.m. UPDATE

Road conditions improved rapidly Thursday after sunny skies helped melt ice away from roads, but plenty of work remains for those affected by Wednesday’s blizzard.

All major highways in southern Colorado, I-25, Highway 24, Highway 83 and Highway 94 are back open after they were closed for more than a day.

However, Some roads in northeastern El Paso County remain impassable due to very tall snow drifts.

Colorado Springs plow crews are still on a full call out on the city’s northeast side. Plows are beginning to move through neighborhood streets to help clear massive snow drifts in some areas.

There are still some abandoned vehicles in some areas, and there were many downed power lines reported across roads Thursday. Be cautious if you’re traveling in the northeast part of the county.

For those who haven’t retrieved their vehicles abandoned during the storm, Friday is the last day to do it before those cars will be towed away.  Check the areas on the side of the road where the vehicle was left or look for it in nearby parking lots. If you still cannot find your vehicle, there are several numbers you should call:

  • CSPD non-emergency line: 719-444-7000
  • El Paso County at 719-350-5555
  • Colorado State Patrol at 719-544-2424

The Mountain View Electric Association reports that electricity remains knocked out to some 2,700 residents in El Paso County. The hardest hit areas include Black Forest and homes along the Highway 94 corridor near Ellicott and Yoder. Crews will continue working to restore power to affected customers. CLICK HERE to view Mountain View Electric’s outage map.

Tom Kackley

Tom Kackley

Tom Kackley is a digital content producer at KOAA News 5. He has worked in southern Colorado since 2016.
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