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Does this qualify for them to be the Grand Marshall(s) at the Winter Carnival?
Good to see someone is bringing back our old traditions. I bet the tourists loved it! I mean, isn't that the old western town marketing that way we USED to do? Should be good marketing for the Old Town Pub. There should be fund raiser for the cowboy's legal fees held at the Pub.
My prayers go out to your community. The OCVFD keeps coming through these horrifc tragedies, over and over again. They are our true heroes. If you know any of these incredible people, please put your arms around them, and keep an eye on them to be sure they are OK, as they too are human and they have witnessed more than any person should. These events are incredibly close to home, literally, as the fireman that lives across the street will attest. Let God please give all of you the strength you need.
It's interesting that Highway 131 wasn't closed due to manpower. Couldn't they have at least posted a warning at their mobile warning sign on Highway 40 as you approach 131? Maybe they did, if so, it was obviously late in coming. If such a warning was on that sign, couldn't they then spare one person to warn people further down around Catamount or the North end of Highway 14? It sounds like the sound end was being taken care of by Oak Creek police and fire.
As far as needing it open for snowplowing - the 2.5 hrs. I was on that road I did not see a single snow plow.
Lame excuses for putting us all in danger and disregard for our safety.
Mom - I'm with you. Apparently some of these people have never experienced real fear. Aren't they lucky? or perhaps they are the ones speeding and passing, with no regards to real danger or have nothing to lose.
I agree, Oak Creek fire and police were out in full force. However there was no assitance North of their district. Where were the County Sheriff's officers and State Patrol? It sounds like they may have all been on Highway 40.
pt22 thank you for the e-mail and phone alert systems. I will sign up for these and check them before I head home during storms. However once I am in the car, I turn off my cell phone as I do not use it while driving, especially during storms, nor do I have a laptop sitting next to me for use. I am aware of weather forecasts on the Denver stations too. Have you witnessed the 2 ft of snow predicted everyday for the last two weeks? We need local reporting. Therefore the radio is the best communication system for alerts. However the 2.5 hrs. I was in the car, I did have the radio on but did not hear any alerts (albeit while I was stuck, the noise level was tremendous and I may have missed it during that time, but is would have been too late at that point.) I have never heard alerts in the past from the radio stations.
I have lived in Colorado all my life and in Steamboat for 15 years. I am very experienced in harsh weather, not any of my emergency gear that I carry with me could let me see the road any better. I could not see the yellow lines on the road or the roadside markers.
I was appauled at the 911 operator's response. My family is very involved in emergency services, from police, paramedic, EMTs and firefighters, I would never lie about someone's actions in such an important role. The first time I called in, the opeartor was very nice and empathetic, the 2nd operator (after I waited patiently for 2 hrs.) said in a very frustrated and rushed tone: "You called in earlier, you have no injuries, you're just going to have to hold on". Click. I never got to say a word to her, they were screening calls and comparing them with prior called in numbers. For all she knew, I could have been hit by another car and tumbled down the embankment, it shouldn't have mattered what I reported earlier.
As far as being prepared - I was. After realizing there would be no help from emergency services, I was beginning to put a plan together, using my equipment I carry in my car, to walk out using the side of a hill (as a last resort) or try to get a ride with someone.
Justares: I am very responsible with my medical situation. I agree that if I have seizures I shouldn't drive. I did give up driving for awhile until they were under control with medication and I have medical certification I could drive. Normal, and even challenging, driving conditions are not a problem. However we endured extreme conditions. It was not the driving intensifying my condition - it was the atmosphere of the iced in tomb with hazard lights reflecting off the wind like a strobe light. This atmosphere would cause some people claustrophobia or even panic attacks - as I believe some have eluded to. That doesn't mean they shouldn't drive because they become terrorized. Fear is fear, and it effects each person differently.
This was the 2nd time in 2 weeks that we had white out conditions and 131 wasn't closed. Doesn't our safety count just as much as those on highway 40? Why wasn't an annoucement sent out over the radio stations announcing the conditions and recommending no travel. We all know how difficult if not impossible it was to try to turn around. Had I heard that message I wouldn't have even ventured down 131. As it was, I too went off the road, except my situation was even spookier added to the fact that my car slid of the left side of the highway with my headlights facing the oncoming traffic with me just off the left shoulder. Talk about confusing traffice both ways that were trying to judge the road based on my lights. I waited in that sleet covered tomb with no visibility after calling in my situation for 2 and 1/2 hours. I never once saw an emergency vehicle until my son-in-law who is on the fire department saw me on his way home. This was too terryifing. I tried to call 911 a second time to see if the road had been closed because I was thinking about walking the 1/2 mile to the next house as I had to get out of that swirling, noisy tomb. I do have siezures and was running a high risk of having one. When the 911 operator realized I did not have injuries, she immediately hung up on me before I could alert her to my medical condition. Don't they know they are our only life line in that situation? I praise the brave fireman and policeman that put themselves in such danger last night. Doesn't the state patrol understand they can reduce the danger by shutting down the highway?
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