by Pam Zubeck
El Paso County Public Services Department (PSD) has 31 trucks and 23 graders working exclusively on priority 1 roads at this time. Plow drivers are reporting intermittent heavy snow with some blowing and drifting conditions making it necessary to plow and sand the same sections of roadway repeatedly. Snow accumulations are now measured at 10 to 12 inches countywide with 15 inches or more in many areas. Gusty winds are predicted to increase overnight and into Tuesday morning which will result in blowing snow, drifting and poor visibility. PSD is closely monitoring weather information through Tuesday.
Due to the winter weather conditions, City of Colorado Springs facilities and Municipal Court are CLOSED today, Tuesday, February 2. Further, there will be no bus service on Tuesday.No mention of how many trucks are working the streets. On my way in, I saw a blade/sand truck on Boulder Avenue just east of Wahsatch Street stalled with sand treatment flying out the back of it and piling up on the street. Hope they get someone out to help that driver.
All emergency responders and essential personnel are required to report to work on time. Non-essential, non-emergency personnel should not report.
With the recent big snowfall, Postal officials are asking residents across the area to help their carriers deliver the mail by clearing snow and ice from mailboxes and walkways,We have a full contingent here at the Indy today to make sure the paper goes to press today as planned, so you can pick up a copy tomorrow.
“We’re in your neighborhood six days a week in every kind of weather, so we’re up for the challenge,” said Denver Postmaster Mark Talbott. “But we could use the help of our customers to eliminate safety concerns and help you get your mail. Since every carrier delivers to hundreds of homes and businesses, the risks are compounded with a big storm like this.”
Here's what customers can do to keep their letter carrier safe:
• If you receive delivery of mail to a rural-type post mailbox, please clear around the box to allow your carrier to drive up to the box, deposit mail and drive away.
• If your mail is delivered at your residence or business, please keep the path to your mail box or slot clear of snow and ice. Delivery personnel, meter readers, friends and family will also benefit from a safe and convenient path to your door.
Providing a safe access to your mailbox helps letter carriers deliver your mail safely and without interruption.