DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis declared an emergency in Colorado on Wednesday afternoon due to the Bomb Cyclone which brought blizzard conditions to the state. Colorado Emergency Management said that means the Colorado National Guard will be deployed.
The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center has moved to Level II Operations which means the national guard will help with search and rescue operations primarily focused on stranded motorists.
Polis declared a emergency on Wednesday afternoon and activated the Colorado National Guard to help stranded motorists and other people in need of assistance.
Several shelters have been set up along the Front Range from Cheyenne to Colorado Springs to help those stranded by the storm or left without power.
- Storey Gym in Cheyenne
- Berthoud Community Center in Northern Colorado
- Douglas County Fairgrounds
- Lone Tree Rec Center in Lone Tree
- Byers Legion Hall in Byers
- Eagle View Adult Center in Brighton
- Fox Ridge Farms Community Center in Arapahoe County
- E-470 at 22470 E. 6th Ave. Parkway in Aurora
- New Covenant Church in Larkspur closing due to power issues; Douglas County Rescue Task Force is moving everyone to the DC Event Center in Castle Rock
- St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Monument
- Kilmer Elementary School in Colorado Springs
- Woodman Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs
- Woodman Valley Heights Campus in Colorado Springs
- Springs Rescue Mission in Colorado Springs
- Colorado Springs Airport
- Mountain Springs Church
- Falcon Patriot Learning Center in Peyton
- St. Paul’s Church in Calhan
- Black Forest Community Church
Denver: If you or someone you know/see needs assistance getting out of the #blizzard and into a shelter, please call 720-913-2000 and officers will be dispatched to help relocate individuals in need.
Lone Tree: The City has opened up the Lone Tree Rec Center as a warming shelter. This facility is for short-term use only for those who are stranded due to the storm. The facility does not have food or medical care.
If you find yourself stuck in the snow while in your vehicle, remember to stay with your vehicle, keep your tailpipe clear, and only run your heater as necessary to conserve fuel.
If you abandoned your vehicle in Denver, it may be short-towed to a nearby location. Drivers who have been short-towed can call 720-913-2000 to find their vehicles.
A Blizzard Warning has been issued through midnight for everyone along the Front Range east of Interstate 25. These areas should receive 6 to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow along with wind gusts of 70 mph and higher.
PHOTO GALLERY: March Blizzard 2019