Icy roads keep Routt County emergency crews busy during latest storm
December 17, 2012
Steamboat Springs — The icy and snow-packed roads in the Yampa Valley have kept local emergency responders busy.
Steamboat Springs Police Sgt. John McCartin said Monday that officers responded to 16 noninjury car crashes in city limits from Saturday morning to Monday afternoon.
Three of the crashes came Monday morning when snowfall was abundant.
McCartin added that no crashes in the city resulted in any injuries.
But plenty of drivers found themselves stuck.
From Saturday to Monday afternoon, police were called to help at least 22 drivers because of the winter storm.
McCartin said most of the calls came from drivers who slid off the road and needed help getting out of a snowbank or a ditch.
"Regular citizens have been helpful, too. On a lot of calls, a couple of other cars will stop and other drivers will help us push or tow the cars out."
He said drivers who find themselves stuck in the snow can call Routt County Dispatch at 970-879-1090 to arrange for help or contract a tow driver.
Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies also were busy Monday fielding calls from stuck motorists.
Undersherriff Ray Birch said his office was called to help eight motorists between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday.
Deputies also tended to three noninjury crashes.
"The roads were very slippery," Birch said. "Drivers need to slow down and use caution."
Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott reported blizzard conditions on the top of Rabbit Ears Pass on Monday afternoon, but there were no reports of any major crashes other than cars sliding off the road.
While snow built up over Steamboat for much of the afternoon, Yampa Valley Regional Airport Assistant Manager Dean Smith reported that at about 4 p.m., skies in Hayden were blue for much of the day, and runways stayed dry.
"We had really good weather here all day," Smith said.