By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Gov. Mark Gordon on Monday praised Wyoming’s response to the major snowstorm that left much of the state’s shut down.
Gordon said state offices in Cheyenne would again be closed on Tuesday due to record-breaking snowfall in Cheyenne, nearly 31 inches.
“I want to thank our first responders, public safety employees and hospital workers, as well as the plow drivers who have been working long stretches without relief during this storm,” Gordon said. “Throughout the state we’ve heard numerous stories of neighbors helping neighbors. I couldn’t be more proud of how our Wyoming people have responded to this storm.”
The Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Highway Patrol have each had their hands full with helping clear roads and save stranded motorists since the storm that hit the state Saturday and Sunday.
In Cheyenne, the snow was so deep that the Cheyenne-Laramie County Emergency Management Department even had to call in for citizen help, something else Gordon praised.
“In Laramie County, we’ve seen an army of snowmobile volunteers step up to shuttle doctors and nurses to the hospital and public safety workers to their jobs,” he said.
Additionally, the governor asked people to continue staying off the roads and avoid non-essential travel, due to several feet of wet, heavy snow impacting the interstates and local roads across much of the southeastern portion of the state.