A large number of people are returning to the gas stations they use to fill their gas tanks in Denver after the city was hit by a severe thunderstorm on Monday.
The city had a mandatory evacuation order issued for residents and businesses as a result of the storm, which sent temperatures soaring to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).
“It’s just a big relief.
It’s just getting the pressure off of my neck and my body,” said Stephanie Taylor, who had been driving from Colorado Springs to Denver.
“I am a little anxious about going back to work, because it’s not going to be as easy as I thought it would be,” she said.
Denver Public Works said that some customers who are returning will still have to use the gas station, which is owned by a local company, to fill up their tanks.
People who did not get out before the storm will be required to use a nearby home heating pad to heat their homes, the city said.
The city also said that people with children, pregnant women and seniors can use their own home heating pads to heat homes.
The storm brought about a record-setting rainfall that knocked out power to many of the city’s neighborhoods, causing flooding and forcing people to rely on water from municipal water treatment plants.
More than 2,300 homes and businesses were destroyed and more than 2 million customers lost power in the region, according to the National Weather Service.
More to come.