Pueblo Storm Aftermath

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

Downed trees and debris scattered are throughout Pueblo. Less than 24 hours after strong storms ripped through the city with brute force and winds topping 70 miles per hour, everyone is trying to get the communities back to normal.

A few Pueblo residents described last night’s storm like a “hurricane”. Terry Bulman said, “It was like a wall of water.” Janet Helmick said, “It was like someone opened the flood gates.”

Christopher Berkenbile lost half of his 100-year-old tree and that’s now getting chopped up for firewood.

Just down the street at Mineral Palace Park, which seems to be one of the most popular places in Pueblo today, people stopped by to take a look at the damage. “It’s terrible; the trees flipped over,” Paul Rastrelli said.

Dozens of trees were uprooted and on the ground, one even split right in half. Helmick said, “I feel like were in Florida, not in Pueblo.”

Last night, at least 10,000 people were without power and Aquila said about 200 are still without power this evening. Police and Fire Departments said that less than 10 people were injured, but they were minor injuries.

And the damage didn’t stop there. King Soopers off of 29th Street near the Pueblo Mall is closed until repairs can be made to the damaged roof. However, the pharmacy will remain open for customers.

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