EOC Director urges safety and caution during winter storms

In the last two years February has been a harsh winter month for Boonville. From ice storms, power outages and much snow, Boonville residents should be accustomed to such weather.
With nine inches of snow reported from this last snow storm, area individuals heeded the warning set by the Missouri Department of Transportation to not travel on roads while crews spent the day and night clearing them. Cooper County Emergency Operations Center Director Tom White said there were a few slide offs but overall there was not much in the form of accidents. White's prime concern now is the extreme cold, which will be blanketing the area for the next two days. Forecast lows could be eight below zero by tomorrow morning with the windchill in the negative 20s.  
White said he was pleased with individuals taking this storm serious. White added that with the storm, extreme cold along with a possible propane shortage is a worry for him.
“My highest priority is to keep area people safe,” White said.
White said it was only a year ago that power was out for five days for many residents of Cooper County. He said for individuals to check on family and neighbors to make sure they are okay.
With more snow possibly on the way Saturday, White cautions individuals to look at the forecast carefully before heading out. He added not all roads may be cleared before another snow event occurs.
The winter storm also has many area businesses, all area schools and even the Cooper County Courthouse closed for the day. Boonville City and Cooper County road crews have been busy clearing up roads. As of Wednesday morning, Interstate 70 was open but had some slick patches.