Press Release

Hundreds of Stranded Motorists, Thousands Without Power

Pikes Peak Regional OEM Urging People to Stay off Roads

El Paso County, Colo. – With white-out conditions, wind gusts of over 90 miles per hour, approximately 1,100 stranded motorists, and more than 18,000 residents without power, the Pikes Peak Regional OEM strongly urges everyone to stay home and stay off the roads.

Plows are working as quickly as possible, but visibility issues, especially in the northeast portions of the city and in the county, are impeding progress. City police, fire, ambulances and snow plows are working in a “task force” model to enable movement. Plows assist emergency responders and clear routes to hospitals and medical facilities.

Due to the strain on the 9-1-1 system and the high number of calls, please do not call 9-1-1 for non-emergent requests. Stranded motorists should include their location and a description of the vehicle. If remaining in the car, motorists should ensure their exhaust pipe is clear to lower risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The following shelters are open to service those in need:

Both El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs remind area residents to stay home and stay off the roads. Stranded motorists impede plow operations, law enforcement and rescue operations.

Weather conditions continue to be precarious. Gusts are 60-70 miles per hour east of Powers Blvd and are 40-50 miles per hour west of I-25. Some gusts have been reported above 90 mph. Snow fall is continuing at a steady pace. The National Weather Service has a blizzard warning in effect for Colorado Springs and the southern part of El Paso County until midnight. The warning runs until 6 a.m. for northern El Paso County.

More information and updates will be posted on the following social media:

Colorado SpringsTwitter

http://twitter.com/CityofCOS (@CityofCOS)

http://twitter.com/CSFDPIO (@CSFDPIO)

http://twitter.com/cspdpio (@CSPDPIO)

Colorado Springs Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/CityofCOS

El Paso County Twitter

http://twitter.com/epcpio

El Paso County Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/ElPasoCountyCO/

Colorado Springs Utilities Facebook and Twitter

https://www.facebook.com/coloradospringsutilities/

https://twitter.com/csutilities