Newcastle crews kept busy during storm

January 26, 2012

Coal Creek Utility District, Newcastle Public Works Department worked to maintain vital services despite snow, ice and power outages

NEW — 3:10 p.m., Jan. 26, 2012

While most Newcastle residents endured the brunt of January’s snow, wind, ice and consequential debris from the comfort of their own homes, five members of the Newcastle Public Works maintenance crew weren’t so lucky.

Despite 16-hour shifts, equipment malfunctions and no covered space to put chains on vehicles, Public Works Director Mark Rigos said the city staff “did an exceptional job under the circumstances.”

“We have a very small staff here,” he said. “They put in so many hours during this storm. Some had to sleep in City Hall … one of our guys didn’t go home for five or six days.”

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