MONTE VISTA - The record breaking, heavy, wet, snow caused a great deal of tree damage as it weighed down tree branches still covered in green leaves. Public works departments around the Valley have had their hands full clearing snow and snapped off branches. “It was a rough one,” said Monte Vista Public Works Director Rob Vance. Vance said that it would take crews close to 2 or 3 weeks to completely clear all the down tree limbs and clean up everything left in the storm’s path.
Due to the heavy snowfall and the number of downed trees and fallen branches, the City of Monte Vista is opening an area at the Ski Hi Complex west parking lot for the disposal of branches. Crews are continuing their efforts to complete the removal of snow from the city streets and then will be working on removal of limbs in the right of way.
Property owners and residents are encouraged to remove their limbs within their property and can dispose of them at the parking lot at Ski Hi. At this time, the city will not be offering curb side pickup but can help those that are unable to take the limbs and branches to Ski Hi call Robert Vance at 719-852-8281 to schedule a pickup.
To access the limb disposal area, take Sherman Avenue to Ski Hi Trail and then follow signs to the disposal location. It is the dirt parking lot west of Ski Hi approximately where the carnival sets up during Stampede.
Please remember as you clean up the limbs to look up and stay alert there may be more that can fall. And never approach a downed power line. Assume all are still active and call Xcel Energy.