UPDATED: Moffat County students stranded by storm to shelter in place in Craig
March 13, 2019
Moffat County's Emergency Operations Center was activated to coordinate travel safety and assist people, including some Moffat County School students, stranded by the violent storm sweeping across Northwest Colorado on Wednesday, March 13.
Moffat County has suspended county road maintenance until the ongoing winter weather event subsides, with the wind the most significant risk factor.
"It's unsafe for those crews to be out," said Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume.
As a result, buses were unable to take students who live in the county home after school and instead many remained safe and supervised at their schools, according to notifications sent to parents by Moffat County School District. The schools were planning to provide an evening meal if needed.
By 5 p.m. only one student remained at school. Parents and school district staff were in close communication with the student staying with administrators until parents were able to pick up their child by later in the evening.
Students who live within the Craig city limits were transported at the regular time; this included all in-town buses for residents of Shadow Mountain and Ridgeview Elementary School.
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“You are welcome to come to your student's school to pick them up, however, please check the road conditions,” according to the district’s notification sent out several hours prior to the end of the school day.
“The sheriff's department has recommended that traffic be limited for emergency purposes only. We will continue to work with the sheriff's department and county road and bridge department. When it is deemed safe, we will roll the buses along their assigned routes. If you have any questions, please call your student's school first, as they will have the most up-to-date information.”
U.S. Highway 40 between Craig and Dinosaur was closed for much of the day, as was Colorado Highway 13 between Craig and Meeker. Many other area closures are in place, and additional closure information is available at CraigDailyPress.com.
Representatives from multiple agencies were working at the emergency operations center in Craig on Tuesday to provide support to stranded residents in need, including Craig Police Department, Yampa Valley Electric Association, Moffat County School District, Moffat County Road and Bridge, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation, Moffat County Search and Rescue, Moffat County Commissioners, and Craig City Council.