From March 13- 16, the State of Colorado experienced a historic snowstorm event. During the March 23 Town Council Meeting, Public Works staff provided an update on the efforts taken during the snow storm. Below is an overview of those efforts:

  • For this snow event, the Town had three plow/sander trucks and four one-ton trucks available, with seven drivers.
  • On Thursday afternoon, March 12, Larimer County notified Town staff that they would not be providing snowplow support for this storm event. Typically, Larimer County plows the Town’s Priority 1 streets overnight (7 p.m. – 4 a.m.) and occasional makes passes during the day if they are in the area. Town crews had to adjust accordingly.
  • Town crews began snowplow and deicing operations on Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. with two plow/sander trucks.
  • The third plow/sander began operations on Sunday, March 14 at 3 a.m.
  • One-ton trucks began plow operations on Sunday, March 14 at 4 a.m.
  • All trucks (three plow/sanders and four one-ton plows) plowed all day on Sunday, March 14.
  • One plow/sander became stuck on Prospect Road at 1 p.m. on March 14 and was unrecoverable until 9 a.m. March 15.
  • Plowing operations stopped at about 4 p.m. on March 14 for safety issues due to fatigue. Some drivers worked for nearly 22 hours without any significant break. One truck was active from 6 – 7 p.m. to address Priority 1 and 2 streets.
  • On Monday, March 15, crews resumed plow operations at 5 a.m. They spent time in the morning retrieving the truck that became stuck the previous afternoon on Prospect Road.
  • With the support of contracted front-end loaders, crews spent several hours reopening 1.5 miles of Prospect Road, Buss Grove and Wildwing Drive.
  • Crews plowed and cleared all Priority 1, 2 and 3 roads.
  • On Tuesday, March 16, crews cleared a path on all residential roads. These are roads that are not normally plowed. These efforts took Town staff the entire day to complete.