Some Natrona County residents still snowed in, upset with roads

A Natrona County resident called informing us that they and other neighbors are snowed in. Some with no way to get out.
Published: Feb. 1, 2023 at 7:04 PM CST
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ANTELOPE HILLS, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A Natrona County resident called our newsroom, informing us that they and other neighbors are snowed in...

Some with no way to get out.

Antelope Hills is roughly 20 miles north of Casper. Road conditions on 1-25 are pretty good. And Frontage Road, which leads to Antelope Hills, is also passable. But getting to Frontage Road? That’s a whole ‘nother story.

Complicating matters, for both residents and presumably for the snow plows... A lot of the roads don’t even appear to be completely paved. Either that or I was no longer on the road, take your pick. Since I wasn’t able to make it to the snowed-in residents, I spoke with one, Phyllis Lattea, by phone.

Lattea says, “One neighbor has a backhoe, and he did his best. Then another neighbor has a skid-steer. For a while they were maintaining it. Keeping up on it since, like, November. But these last storms just really got to us.”

Lattea says she did call the Natrona County Road and Bridge Department...

“Yes, we did. And they said there’s nothing they can do (now). They have 800 miles of roads that they have to take care of first. And that they put us on a list.”

Lattea says some neighbors have been snowed in for a week, and is worried about their welfare.

“I think we’re more concerned for the other people out here, because they don’t have it as good as we do. I mean, they don’t have running water. They don’t have electricity. They don’t have propane, out of propane. They run on generators, you know. And they’re good people.”

Lattea worries things could get even worse, should another snow storm hit before the county can clear the roads.

In the interest of fair reporting... we reached out to the county’s Road and Bridge Department.

At the time of our call, no official was able to talk... Because they were all out plowing the roads.