Denver (March 13, 2019) ⎯ As significant snowfall ends and strong winds continue, the City and County of Denver continues working to keep residents safe. After being out all day, snow plow crews are still hard at work, clearing snow from roads and dropping de-icer as needed. They will continue to clear roadways throughout the night, with residential plows also deployed. Denver Police Department and Denver’s Road Home continue to work with other city partners to connect community members to shelter and services. First responders have done a tremendous job responding to calls throughout the day, including over 125 reported accidents.
The Denver Emergency Operations Center continues to coordinate with Xcel Energy to restore power for people currently without power in the City and County of Denver. Xcel will supply an additional 600 crews to the Denver metro area over the next four days.
The City has activated all resources to ensure capacity is available in our existing shelters for those who need it, including those experiencing homelessness. City staff have assisted in standing up two warming centers and securing transport for people in need, keeping more than 1,000 individuals safe, warm, fed and dry. In addition, electricians and generators were provided to the Denver Rescue Mission, as well as emergency power support to safety agencies.
Denver’s Joint Information Center (JIC) offers the following important phone numbers for people in need due to the blizzard:
In the event of a real emergency, call 911
For non-emergencies, call 311
If you see someone in need of assistance or shelter, call 311, the Denver Police non-emergency number at 720-913-2000, or Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255
Individuals are urged to keep an eye out for people possibly in need, including seniors, individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations. Motorists are strongly urged to stay off of the roads, although the accident alert has been lifted for areas other than southeast Denver. The City will operate on a delay tomorrow, opening for non-emergency services at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 14.