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Great Help in Snowy Southern Colorado

George and Cathy Butkovich of Denver e-mailed the following to CDOT on Tuesday, Feb. 2:

"To CDOT Managers and Staff:

We and friends had spent several days snowmobiling in Cumbres-LaManga area and were parked in a parking area off Co. 17.  There were 11 of us in six motorhomes. 

Saturday evening (1/30) it started snowing and was continuing into Sunday morning.  We flagged one of your plow drivers to see if he could make a way through piles of snow for us to get our motorhomes out onto road.  He said he certainly would come back to lend a hand.  He returned with another plow truck and helped all of us get out.  They both told us there was another 3 feet expected to fall so we knew we had to leave.

They did a wonderful job for us and Co. 17 was cleaned very well all the way down Cumbres and LaManga passes.  It made driving our rigs through the blizzard a little less scary.  Both of these gentlemen were outstanding in their job and caring.  We did not get their names, but we are sure we thanked them.  We wanted CDOT personnel to know of their kindness and to offer our THANKS to them again!!  Please get this message to them if possible. In general, Co. 17 is always well maintained as we do snowmobile there often.  Thanks to our two plow drivers and all the CDOT workers."

Helping the snowmobilers out on January 30 were Gabe Martinez (TM-I) and Toney Valdez (temporary) from Patrol 25 at La Manga Pass, Alamosa Maintenance Section 7, Region 5.

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