Road closures stall food trucks

City Market: 'We're making do the best we can'

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— Steamboat Springs grocery stores are running low on some food supplies during the New Year's holiday, due to widespread road closures that began Sunday.

"We're not going to get a truck until tomorrow," said a City Market employee who asked to remain anonymous Monday afternoon. "We're almost out of everything."

Margie Morong, the store manager at City Market, said store employees are "making do the best we can."

"Obviously they're going to cause a few shortages," Morong said of the road closures. "As I-70 opens up, we'll be getting our trucks."

As of Monday evening, I-70 was open in both directions at the Eisenhower Tunnel and from Georgetown to Vail, an area that was closed Sunday night - leaving more than 2,000 travelers stranded at temporary shelters including the Silverthorne Recreation Center and Summit County Middle School in Frisco.

Rabbit Ears, Gore, Cameron and Berthoud passes all opened for travel Monday afternoon. I-70 was closed in both directions at the Eisenhower Tunnel for much of Sunday night and Monday, due to near-zero visibility caused by blowing snow and strong winds. U.S. Highway 6 remained closed over Loveland Pass on Monday evening.

"Our milk trucks come out of Grand Junction," Morong said. "We'll keep our shelves as stocked the best we can."

Safeway officials declined all comment, both at the Steamboat Springs location and a corporate office. Customers at the store Monday afternoon said the store was running low on numerous items.

Holiday food shortages occurred in December of 2006, when a pair of blizzards closed roadways around Colorado during the Christmas holiday.

"So far, it's not like last year," Morong said Monday. "I'm very proud of my staff and the job they're doing."

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