South Glenwood endures power outage
Downed tree limbs from a winter storm knocked out power Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning in south Glenwood Springs.
Everything south of 19th Street was reported affected Wednesday morning, including Sopris Elementary School, which continued class despite the outage. Power was restored there shortly after school started, the principal said.
“We started the morning with everyone out at recess or in the dim cafeteria eating cold cereal and milk,” Principal Kathy Whiting said. “Everyone just embraced the adventure.”
The outage hit overnight, and school district officials made the call to go ahead and have school in hopes power would be restored by the time classes started.
Lights were back on at the school by 8:20 a.m., Whiting said, adding that a few parents did decide to leave with their children when they found out the power was out.
The outage affected the neighborhoods west of Midland Avenue near 13th Street as well.
“We’re working on it as fast as we can,” Glenwood Springs Public Works Director Robin Millyard said early Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, the Colorado State Patrol reported there were no injuries after a pair of semis struck a rockfall in the Glenwood Canyon early Wednesday morning.
The accidents occurred around 5:20 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 70 just east of the Hanging Lake Tunnel. Crews were able to clear the rocks and open the left lane by 6 a.m., but one of the semis was disabled and had to be towed, leaving the right lane closed into late morning, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The storm appeared to dump more snow on Glenwood than Carbondale. With leaves still on many trees, it weighed down limbs and left a mix of wet snow and leaves in city streets.
Sunlight Mountain Resort ski area south of Glenwood Springs reported 6 inches of fresh snow at the base, and 10 inches on top of Compass Peak, Sunlight Marketing Director Troy Hawks said. Sunlight is not scheduled to open for the season until Dec. 11. Aspen Skiing Co. said Wednesday that Aspen Mountain will open Saturday and Sunday for a preview weekend ahead of its planned Thanksgiving Day opening.
Post Independent reporter John Stroud contributed to this report.
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