Storm update: Clear Creek declares state of emergency
April 18, 2009
The American Red Cross is in the process of setting up a warming shelter in Idaho Springs to accommodate the large number of stranded travelers. A ‘warming center’ is a place for people to get off the highway, use the restroom, get warmth and shelter, and acquire basic necessities like water and snacks. These centers do not have cots or full feeding capabilities. The County is still in the process of determining the location. We will pass that along as soon as we know it.
Clear Creek County officials are setting up similar ‘warming centers’ in Georgetown. County officials have not yet determined the location.
In the interim, Colorado National Guard will escort a caravan of Red Cross supplies and volunteers into Idaho Springs as Clear Creek declares a state of emergency. A state of emergency means that the County is requesting use of state assets such as the Guard and additional snow plows.
Clear Creek Middle School is at capacity at over 200 people. An official head count will be taken at midnight.
Stranded travelers can call 211 or the local Red Cross number at 303-722-7474 to receive the latest information on shelter and warming center locations.
If someone is stranded in their car and is in a life threatening situation, they should call 911.