Nearby small business house owners and property entrepreneurs prepare for wind storm

COLORADO SPRINGS — With the powerful wind storm which is relocating into southern Colorado tonight, property owners and company proprietors are receiving their homes prepared.

Old Colorado Metropolis and the Aged North Stop are a few of the neighborhoods that are hit hard through powerful wind storm events. In Previous Colorado City today, neighbors ended up supporting neighbors slash down fragile branches from trees about their dwelling.

“We received these Chinese elm trees and they’ve been below a small around 100 a long time, and the tiny amount of wind will split these branches in particular when there are no leaves on them,” mentioned Tony Mendieta, who invested part of his day reducing down fragile branches.

Company entrepreneurs were also preparing for the wind storm.

Bon Ton’s Cafe is a business that sits on the corner of S 26th St. and W. Colorado Ave, and it’s a business that’s known for the Christmas decorations outside.

“We have a lot more to put up. So we’ve delayed putting them up in case of wind storms. We also didn’t put any across the top of the building this year, nor the awning, because we are concerned about the wind,” said Barbo.

Meanwhile, Captain Mike Smaldino with the Colorado Springs Fire Department recalls last December’s storm, when the roof was damaged at their headquarters.

“We’re right there along with you. It’s not that we’re immune to it. We have 23 buildings across our city that we’re possibly going to get the same damage as you,” said Captain Smaldino.

That’s why he says it’s important to be prepared, especially in areas more prone to damages and power outages, like Old Colorado City and the Old North End.

“That stuff that might tip over, that might break glass, make sure it’s put away, make sure it’s in a protected area, away from the sides of your building or those entrances and stuff,” said Captain Smaldino.

Meanwhile Barbo and her staff, also brought in a lot of decorations ahead of the wind storm.

“I hope that it’s not as bad as predicted. Hopefully we’ll cross our fingers and it will be milder,” said Barbo.

The Colorado Springs Fire department is prioritizing calls tomorrow. First responders will get sent to any structure fires or grass fires first. In December during last year’s severe wind storm, on average, the fire department received one call every 30 seconds.


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