Feb 17, 2014 7:00 PM by Tony Spehar
People across Colorado Springs continued cleaning-up on Monday in the aftermath of this weekend's wicked wind storm that brought gusts of nearly 90-miles-an-hour.
George Rapko got a rude awakening early Saturday morning at his home on Woodburn Street.
"About five o'clock in the morning I was woken up by the wind," he described. "There were two trees that went up against the telephone pole and knocked it down."
He and his neighbors were left with no power and a big mess they were still cleaning-up on Monday morning.
"It took out a split-rail fence, maybe 25-feet of it or so," Rapko explained.
All across Colorado Springs trees were brought down along with fences. Terry Younger, senior estimator at Taylor Fence Company, said they were inundated with calls since the storm struck.
"Everything from the normal cedar fence into somebody's backyard to chain link fences that are security fences that are blown down," Younger said.
Younger said they advise their customers to build wind resistant fences when first building and there are many options to choose from.
"Building a cedar fence on steel posts, polyvinyl chloride or PVC fences, those kind of products as well as chain link fences that are built to withstand the wind when they have privacy slats installed," he explained.
However, sometimes the wind will win out no matter what you do.
"Trying to stand up to Mother Nature is not a project that anybody wants to undertake, so building it originally to withstand the winds is a good concept," said Younger. "After the fact nothing much you can do but replace it."
The City of Colorado Springs is asking anyone who spots a downed tree or limb blocking a public right-of-way to report it so it can be removed.