Governor Tours Southeast Colorado

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

A white wasteland with little sign of life… those are the words from Governor Bill Owens describing Southeastern Colorado.
Taking a look from above with the National Guard, the governor takes an aerial tour of Southeastern Colorado. "It's just a sea of white." Governor Owens said some state highways are so buried, you can only see the telephone poles sticking out.

"Towns are virtually paralyzed and ambulances can't get out. We've heard a number of reports of building collapsed in Lamar, Campo and La Junta because of the weight of snow," George Epps with the state emergency offices said.

Also working the disaster relief mission, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) searching from the skies. "We get GPS coordinates of stranded people, livestock, and then the National Guard comes in and rescues them," Col. Greg Cortum with the Civil Air Patrol said. He said they spotted two cars near the Kansas border with stranded people inside. They are all reportedly safe and sound. "We're hoping when they (stranded motorists) hear the CAP plane overhead, they'll come out and wave," Gov. Owens said.

So far, hundreds of meals have been taken to Otero County, Campo and Springfield. The governor assures residents in Southeastern Colorado that help is on the way.

The National Guard and the Civil Air Patrol will keep searching until dark. They will likely be out again tomorrow. Also, they say residents who need hay, call your local representative from the Department of Agriculture.

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