Dozens of People From Texas, Stranded In Pueblo

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

Wednesday's snowstorm brought some unexpected visitors to Pueblo.

Thanks to this weeks messy blizzard, dozens of people from a church youth group in Texas got stranded in the middle of Pueblo with no place to go.

The group was headed up to Copper Mountain for a skiing trip.

The group says, they'd never heard of Pueblo before, but after getting stuck in Pueblo, they say, they'll never forget.

They also say, they'll always remember how well they were treated while in town.

The group of more than 100 people found reason to enjoy themselves and laugh, even after their plans were destroyed.

Group member Kaitline Lolie says, "It's been unexpected to say the least."

The snow blindsided them and forced them to stop dead in their tracks.

Senior High Youth Pastor, Mike Zarro say, "It's messed everything up."

They left Texas Tuesday night, thinking they'd be skiing by now.

But Wednesday's blizzard didn't let them go anywhere.

Zarro says, "Once the roads shut down we started scurrying to find a place."

They had no sleeping bags, no blankets and little energy.

Group member Evan Zwerneman says, "That was rough."

But it wasn't long before they found, Bread of Life Church on Main Street.

Praise Worship Leader of the church, Sarah Ridgway says, "They all came flooding in here."

Pastor of the church, Jim Singleton let the bunch stay at the church.

But they were surprised when they showed up.

Pastor Singleton says, "There's not 50 kids there's 90 kids."

That's when the Red Cross stepped in and donated more than 80 blankets.

All spent the night on the church floor.

And even though their trip wasn't exactly what they had in mind, they say, they're journey was certainly an adventure and definitely not boring.

Lolie says, "We got to get snowed in and go hang out at a church."

Group member David Byargeon says, "That church welcomed us and it was really nice of them."

The church youth group decided they lost too much time getting stuck in the snow so they headed back to Texas Thursday afternoon.

They hope to make it home by Christmas Eve.


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