Feb 15, 2014 3:30 PM by Leah Kraus

Intense Winds Cause Damage Across Southern Colorado

If the wind didn't wake you up in the middle of the night, you most likely awoke to the damage in the morning.

Kraig Sullivan lives on Nevada Ave and says he awoke to the sound of a chainsaw.

"It was king of odd for the middle of the night so I came outside and the fire department was here," he says.

A 100-year-old evergreen fell into the street and onto a car.

The damage, from downed trees to powerlines has kept street crews busy.

"We've got a lot of trees down, we've got a lot of limbs down," says Kurt Schroeder, Park Operations and Development Manager. "Our forestry staff has been out since early this morning picking up limbs, cutting trees,
and getting them out of the road, so we've been very busy."

He says these events are not unusual, but that it is a little surprising this time of year.

"Typically it's when you have heavy snow or trees with leaves that winds come and it creates more stress on the trees," says Schroeder.

He asks the public to please give crews extra space on the roads.



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