AURORA | Though snow stopped falling last night in the Denver metro region, Aurora is suffering the aftermath of a historic bomb cyclone storm with lingering power outages, 8-foot snow drifts and hundreds of marooned vehicles on city streets.
A city Facebook post says Aurora snowplows out in full force today.
County and district courts in the 18th Judicial District were closed for a second consecutive day Thursday, according to a spokesman for the state court system.
City courts and courts in the 17th Judicial District — which covers Adams and Broomfield Counties — opened at 12 p.m. today. All jury trials scheduled to take place in municipal court today were cancelled.
The proceedings will be rescheduled at a later date.
Arapahoe County offices were also closed for a second consecutive day on Thursday. Offices in Adams County opened at 12 p.m. on Thursday.
Art classes, youth sport programs and preschool classes provided by the city were also cancelled on Thursday. The Beck Recreation Center is closed for the day.
At least two city commission and committee meetings were also postponed.
POLICE WORK TO REUNITE MOTORISTS WITH STRANDED CARS
Aurora police are working to clear the many abandoned cars still stranded on the city’s roadways. In a Facebook post, police said they rescued more than 200 stranded motorists last night.
Contractors are beginning to tow stranded cars starting on East 56th Avenue near Jackson Gap and Denver International Airport. That area was particularly problematic for travel last night.
Police have contracted with tow companies and are towing vehicles to temporary lots around the city, according to a department spokesman.
Police are not disclosing the exact location of the lots for security reasons.
Police have instructed drivers who abandoned a vehicle on an Aurora road during the storm to call 303-739-6319 to see if their vehicle has been towed. Drivers whose vehicles have been towed will be instructed to go to Aurora police headquarters at 15001 E. Alameda Pkwy. with their license plate number, identification document, and car insurance, according to police. Drivers who keep their insurance documents in their cars will be able to retrieve the papers after picking up their vehicles.
Drivers will have to pay a one-time $75 fee to retrieve their cars.
Additional fees may be incurred on people who don’t pick up their vehicles by 5 p.m. on March 16.
“We realize dealing with the aftermath of this storm was stressful for everyone, and we are more than willing to work with everyone as we realize many of you are still enduring hardships,” police wrote on Facebook. “We do appreciate you making every effort to help us clear your vehicle from the snow routes, and other roadways.”