Wind brings down trees in Summit |

Wind brings down trees in Summit

Ryan Slabaugh
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
A camper in Wildernest's Buffalo Village was damaged Wednesday night after heavy winds blew a tree down on top of it. (Courtesy John Jeanneret)

FRISCO ” Wednesday night’s storm caused significant destruction in areas of Frisco as well as other parts of the Summit County, as residents reported hundreds of trees down in Ruby Ranch, a few destroyed cars and a few damaged homes in Frisco.

In Ruby Ranch, homeowner Linda Lichtendahl reported 150 trees down in her yard alone, and trees blocking roads both in and out of the neighborhood.

“We have a physician in our neighborhood we are trying to get out so he can get to work,” Lichtendahl said. “Most of the trees came down between 10:30 and 11 last night.”

According to Summit County Sheriff John Minor, high winds caused power outages in Wildernest Wednesday night, although power has been restored. Wildernest resident Charlie Hull said he saw a “fireworks display” as a transformer exploded, leaving the neighborhood near Silverthorne dark for nearly five hours.

“Wildernest and Frisco just got drilled,” Minor said.

Wildernest resident John Jeanneret said he was sitting at home at Buffalo Village and “felt the building move,” around 10 p.m.

“I was sitting and my couch was shaking,” Jeanneret said. A camper next to his home was damaged after a tree fell directly on top of it.

No public properties in Frisco were damaged, according to Lichtendahl, who is also the spokesperson for Frisco. She said the Public Works Department staff was out all night last night clearing trees in hazardous areas, and reported that most of the damage was on the south side of town.

“It may be a couple days before we can truly assess the total damage,” Lichtendahl said.

Well access is also an issue, but it is not affecting the overall water source for Frisco, Lichtendahl said. The bike paths and area trails are also cluttered with trees, and caution is being urged.

On Wednesday, area agencies were notified of the high wind warning early enough to shut down area marinas and alert authorities to possible power outages, Minor added.

Street signs were bent along Main Street Thursday morning, evidence of the 90-mph winds reported in the mountains Wednesday by the Associated Press.

DENVER (AP) ” Winds of up to 101 mph along the Front Range, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights at Denver International Airport.

Frontier, American and United Airlines canceled several flights. United, the carrier with the most volume at DIA, reported canceling 60 flights, airline spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Koopmeiners said a wind gust of 101 mph were recorded at Carter Lake.

There were sporadic reports of damage from flying debris across the Front Range, including downed tree limbs in Fort Collins.

“It’s going to be an ugly night,” Koopmeiners predicted as high winds were expected through Thursday morning’s commute.

Snowfall totals for the mountains were not immediately available.

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