Local business owners and home owners prepare for wind storm

COLORADO SPRINGS — With the robust wind storm which is shifting into southern Colorado tonight, property owners and company homeowners are obtaining their properties prepared.

Old Colorado Town and the Aged North Finish are a few of the neighborhoods that are hit hard throughout solid wind storm gatherings. In Old Colorado Metropolis right now, neighbors were encouraging neighbors reduce down fragile branches from trees all around their house.

“We obtained these Chinese elm trees and they’ve been right here a tiny around 100 decades, and the tiny volume of wind will split these branches primarily when there are no leaves on them,” said Tony Mendieta, who used section of his day reducing down fragile branches.

Enterprise entrepreneurs had been also planning for the wind storm.

Bon Ton’s Cafe is a business that sits on the corner of S 26th St. and W. Colorado Ave, and it’s a business that’s known for the Christmas decorations outside.

“We have a lot more to put up. So we’ve delayed putting them up in case of wind storms. We also didn’t put any across the top of the building this year, nor the awning, because we are concerned about the wind,” said Barbo.

Meanwhile, Captain Mike Smaldino with the Colorado Springs Fire Department recalls last December’s storm, when the roof was damaged at their headquarters.

“We’re right there along with you. It’s not that we’re immune to it. We have 23 buildings across our city that we’re possibly going to get the same damage as you,” said Captain Smaldino.

That’s why he says it’s important to be prepared, especially in areas more prone to damages and power outages, like Old Colorado City and the Old North End.

“That stuff that might tip over, that might break glass, make sure it’s put away, make sure it’s in a protected area, away from the sides of your building or those entrances and stuff,” said Captain Smaldino.

Meanwhile Barbo and her staff, also brought in a lot of decorations ahead of the wind storm.

“I hope that it’s not as bad as predicted. Hopefully we’ll cross our fingers and it will be milder,” said Barbo.

The Colorado Springs Fire department is prioritizing calls tomorrow. First responders will get sent to any structure fires or grass fires first. In December during last year’s severe wind storm, on average, the fire department received one call every 30 seconds.

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Maria Flores

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