Strong winds hit the town of Pinewood Springs on January 13, Wednesday evening, around 7-8 p.m. and continuing through the night. The neighborhood has many wind storms in the 70mph range multiple times a year, but this one occasionally hit 90mph and, with the help of micro-bursts, small patches of areas experienced trees ripped out of the ground, often exposing the roots.
Poudre Valley REA sent crews out that night because of multiple damaged power lines, many of which were strewn across the roads. They worked till the early hours of the morning to restore the electricity that was out from 7:45 p.m. to approximately 6 a.m. The telephone company also sent out a crew. On Friday, they worked on the transformer that blew and restored the phone land lines almost two days after the event.
The south/west side of the town received the most damage, including loss of electricity. Residents reported their pets were going crazy from the noise, and one person said that a fallen tree almost skewered their horse. Residents are now spending the week cutting down precarious-leaning trees, piling branches up for disposal, and sawing up logs for home heating. If you want to help some senior citizens, or remove branches in exchange for free firewood, write the Recorder at LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com