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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Acts of kindness shown during snow storm

  • Acts of kindness shown during snow storm
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  • Boonville could have been described as a 'ghost town' Friday morning after almost a foot of snow fell in the area throughout the day Thursday. Tom White, Director of the Cooper County Emergency Management Center, reported 92 incidents in a 24 hour period.
    After 7 a.m. Thursday morning the snow started to arrive in the area. White said many of incidents that occurred were people who had slid off the roadway.
    "I have to commend people yesterday who were helping out individuals in need along the roads," White said.
    White also said because interstate was closed west of Boonville and in Columbia, traffic flow was lower. He also said since the EMC had five days to prepare it was better than it could have been.
    "Preparedness is the key," White said.
    White also wished to commend Neighbors Helping Neighbors for their efforts in helping people during the storm.
    "It was a heavy snow," he said.
    Within the city, crews finally got main roads clear by late afternoon once the main part of the storm had ended.
    Lt. Randall Ayers of the Boonville Police Department said the department responded to a couple fender benders around town. He said most of the problems responded included slide offs.
    "The storm came so quick that it caught people off guard," Ayers said.
    He said since some weather reports were forecasting four to six inches, no one was thinking this would be a huge storm.
    Out within the county, Eastern Cooper County Commissioner Paul Davis said things are progressing fine.
    "Our crews were out until 11 p.m. last night and got out again at 6 a.m. Friday morning," Davis said.
    Davis said the county recently purchased two all wheel drive graders, which he said have made a huge difference.
    "The plan is to a least get one lane cleared on all county roads first and then go back and clear the other," Davis said.
    He also said the good news was drifting has not been a huge concern like it was during the blizzard of 2011.
    Weather.com reports temperatures to stay below freezing until Saturday. White is watching a new storm system, which could impact the area with more snow this Monday.

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