Colorado county no longer trapped by snow |

Colorado county no longer trapped by snow

FAIRPLAY, Colorado ” An emergency declared in Park County is now over, four days after high winds whipped snow into drifts 24 feet high and trapped about 100 people in their homes.

More than 700 miles of road were opened up by crews working 12-hour shifts, allowing residents and emergency crews to travel on roads once blocked by the drifts and ice.

Northwest Fire Protection District Chief Mike Roll says the county received about 10 inches of snow Thursday, but winds were calm.

Equipment and personnel sent by the state and nearby counties are expected to leave the county Friday.

Crews on snowmobiles delivered food, medicine and other essential items to 68 people during the emergency.

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