Thanks to those who helped clean up after microburst
July 12, 2011
On Thursday, June 30, a microburst storm ripped through Grand Lake and blew down approximately 60 trees in a matter of seconds.
Immediately, we witnessed a fantastic response from so many people; the Grand Lake Fire Department was on scene for the trees that were blown into power lines, as was Mountain Parks Electric. Town Staff helped to clear the roads to make the streets passable, and many private citizens stepped up and volunteered their time to help clear out the debris as well.
Additionally, the Thompson Brothers came to the rescue with their trackhoe and pulled four trees out of the North Inlet River, under the lights and watchful eye of Grand Lake Fire once again – we are truly in the debt of each person who gave their time that evening.
One of the more devastating aspects of the storm was six, 70-foot lodgepole pine trees that blew down in Town Square. It was a minor miracle that Peter Esmonde was working on the intercom system in Town Square and warned everyone to clear out of the park, and a major miracle that no one was hurt throughout the Town with trees falling everywhere.
The following morning made me as proud to be a resident of Grand Lake as any other event that I’ve ever seen. By 8 a.m., Town Square was full of volunteers with chainsaws and a determination to clean up the park and by noon you would never have known that it had happened. De-limbing, bucking, hauling, stump pulling and even rebuilding the sandbox, our volunteers and Staff put in a Yeoman’s effort and the end result was a beautiful Town Square. For this work, the citizens of Grand Lake are indebted to the following people: Matt Reed, Don Campbell, James Reed, Clive Smith, Wesley Selby, Kathy Scarbrough, Suzi Maki, Ken Benson, Tom Weydert and Jim Peterson. If you see these folks on the street, please be sure to shake their hands and thank them for their time, because they represent the best of the best.
Additionally, I want to commend Town Staff for all of its work throughout as well; every department showed up in force and the sum total of everyone’s effort made for quick work and an outstanding result.
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I’ve never been more proud of my community.
Judy M. Burke,
Mayor, Grand Lake