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2019 Blizzard Response Update

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2019


Denver - The City and County of Denver will resume normal operations today beginning at 10 a.m. A State of Emergency remains in effect for the city following Wednesday’s blizzard. Approximately 28,000 people in Denver remain without power as of Thursday morning. The Denver Emergency Operations Center is working with Xcel Energy to restore power, and 100 contract crews from other states are now gathering at Mile High Stadium to assist Xcel Energy in efforts to restore power as soon as possible.

Snow plow crews worked throughout the night and into the morning clearing Denver’s streets. Residential snow plows were deployed at 3:30 a.m., to plow side streets to help drivers access the main streets, and will remain on duty until 3:00 p.m. You can see the plows at www.pocketgov.com/plowtracker. Please provide our plow teams ample space to clear the roads of snow.

Residents are urged to use extreme caution while driving, as many streets are still slick and icy. Please also be careful when approaching intersections. Power outages have affected approximately 80 intersections citywide. Residents should treat dark traffic signals as four-way stops.

Abandoned Vehicles

When vehicles are stuck and/or abandoned in lanes of traffic, especially on main roads and highways, the Denver Police Department will work to have the vehicles short-towed from the roadway to a nearby location or parking lot. Drivers who have been short-towed can call 720-913-2000 to learn the location of their vehicle. Motorists are also encouraged to proactively contact private tow companies to have their stuck vehicles removed from roadways.

Warming Centers

Denver sheltered more than 1,700 people overnight. For those needing a place to escape the cold weather today, the city has several warming center locations available now or beginning at 10 a.m.:

Police District Stations - Warming Centers open now:

  • District 1: 1311 W. 46th Ave, Community Room
  • District 2: 3921 N. Holly St, Community Room
  • District 3: 1625 S. University, Community Room

Recreation Centers opening at 10 a.m. - Warming Centers:

  • Aztlan, 4435 Navajo St.
  • Carla Madison, 2401 E. Colfax Ave.
  • Green Valley Ranch, 4890 Argonne Way
  • Harvard Gulch, 550 E. Iliff Ave.
  • Hiawatha Davis Jr., 3334 Holly St.
  • Highland, 2880 Osceola St.
  • Johnson, 4809 Race St.
  • La Alma, 1325 W. 11th Ave
  • La Familia, 65 S. Elati St.
  • Rude, 2855 W. Holden Place
  • St. Charles, 3777 Lafayette St.
  • Stapleton, 5090 Broadway

Libraries opening at 10 a.m. - Warming Centers:

  • Central Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy
  • Athmar Park, 1055 S. Tejon Street
  • Blair-Caldwell, 2401 Welton St.
  • Montbello, 12955 Albrook Dr.
  • Schlessman, 100 Poplar St.
  • Ross-University Hills, 4310 E. Amherst Avenue

Trash and Recycling

Trash and recycling crews will run their regular Thursday pick-up schedule today. Routes that were not completed on Wednesday due to the blizzard will be completed between today and Saturday. Residents who were unable to place trash/recycling carts outside on Wednesday due to snow impediments can call 311 for pick up. 

City and DPS Operations

City government agencies, including Denver District and County Courts, will have a delayed start of 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 14. Denver Public Schools have cancelled classes for Thursday, March 14.

Airport Operations

The airport is resuming operations after having sheltered approximately 5,000 people overnight. Passengers are encouraged to check their flight status before leaving for the airport with their airline or on www.flydenver.com.

Denver’s Joint Information Center (JIC) offers the following important phone numbers for people in need due to the blizzard:

  • In the event of a real emergency, call 911
  • Residents with questions or concerns may call 311 for more information or submit a problem at www.pocketgov.com
  • If you see someone in need of assistance or shelter, call 211

For updates throughout the day check www.denvergov.org or follow us on social media at www.twitter.com/denveroem or www.facebook.com/denveroem.

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