Castle Rock staff recognized for bomb cyclone efforts

Mayor, town council commend employees who worked 'around the clock'

Posted 4/8/19

The Castle Rock mayor and town council recognized staff for their efforts during the March 13 bomb cyclone at their meeting on April 2, awarding them an official proclamation. Those efforts can best …

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Castle Rock staff recognized for bomb cyclone efforts

Mayor, town council commend employees who worked 'around the clock'

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The Castle Rock mayor and town council recognized staff for their efforts during the March 13 bomb cyclone at their meeting on April 2, awarding them an official proclamation.

Those efforts can best be described by the numbers:

• According to the town, blizzard conditions lasted approximately 15 hours and dumped 10 inches of snow on the town.

• Wind gusts reached 60 mph. Snow drifts climbed to 6 feet high or higher in Castle Rock.

• Interstate 25 in the Castle Rock area was closed for more than 24 hours.

• Hundreds of people sought shelter in Doulas County during the storm. Most were motorists who'd become stranded on roadways throughout the county. Approximately 220 travelers camped in the town's Miller Activity Complex.

• Snowplows worked from 12:30 a.m. the day of the storm and worked “around the clock” through March 16.

• More than 135 town employees “worked throughout the storm to ensure those who needed the assistance were taken care of,” according to the town's proclamation.

Mayor Jason Gray read the proclamation at the town council meeting following remarks from some council members who commended staff.

In the hours and days following the storm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported hundreds of motorists were rescued from stuck or crashed vehicles during the storm. A pileup near the Greenland exit on I-25 created a roadblock through the next morning and task forces comprising a patrol vehicle, snow plow and school bus roved the county to collect travelers and shuttle them to shelters.

Emergency responders and bus drivers for the Douglas County School District were praised by local officials and on social media for their response during the blizzard.

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