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Some boats cleared to be hauled out of Lake Pueblo, damage in the millions

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With the wind finally dying down, boats out on Lake Pueblo are getting clearance to be taken out of the water.

But around a hundred boats were affected by last week's high winds, and at least five of them have sunk or are about to sink--making the damage devastating for many.

"Everybody is just in shambles.  They're just a wreck," said Pueblo resident Dallas Pancoast.  

"This is a big part of their lives--they come out here all the time," he added.

Dallas Pancoast doesn't own any of the boats at the marina, but knows many of the people who do.  So he decided to volunteer his time Monday, hauling boats out of the water. 

He says this is the worst weather incident he's ever seen on the lake.

"There's several of them that are on the dock.  The backs of the boats are on the dock, and there's holes in pontoons, and a lot of bent and torn steel that's unsafe for the public to be on," he described.

Despite the wreckage, no hazmat spills have been reported yet.

"That's obviously something we're watching at all times.  If there were any spills at this point, they'd probably be from an individual boat and they'd be rather small.  But we haven't had any," said Monique Mullis, Pueblo Lake State Park Manager.

Mother nature certainly took her toll on shore as well, destroying shade shelters and a fence that will cost Parks and Wildlife upwards of $75,000 to fix.

Park officials estimate the park and marina collectively suffered millions of dollars worth of damage from Thursday's storm.

Right now, their priority is getting video of all the boats from closed off areas of the dock, so owners can get a better idea of what condition their boats are in.

Those with boat trailers are asked to contact the North Shore Marina and coordinate a time to haul your boat out of the water.

Contact 719-251-3949 for more information.

Boats that don't have a trailer are being towed to other docks that didn't suffer as much damage.

The North Shore Marina docks are still closed, but could open back up sometime this week.

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