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Major snow storm prompts governor to activate National Guard; local schools closed

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A major snow storm blew through Missouri overnight last Tuesday, Jan. 25, but the worst of it stayed to our west and north. Jackson residents awoke last Wednesday to see a couple of inches of heavy, wet snow on the ground.

Ice was not much of a factor as the temperature barely dipped below freezing. Roads became slushy, but city and MoDOT crews did a great job of clearing them in Jackson and Cape Tuesday night and Wednesday.

In anticipation of this storm, Jackson city officials issued a snow route proclamation at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Residents who parked on designated snow routes in Jackson had 12 hours to move their vehicles off the street to allow city crews to plow the entire width of the roadway.

The snow route proclamation in Jackson was lifted about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. By then, all major streets were substantially cleared of snow so residents and business people could once again park their vehicles on designated snow routes.

Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday activated the Missouri National Guard to assist local authorities in responding to the severe winter weather that had been forecasted.

“As always, we pray for the best, but want to be prepared for the worst,” Parson said. “While we hope Missourians will see little disruption due to forecasted winter weather, state government and the Missouri National Guard will be on alert to assist with response efforts if the need arises.”

The National Guard was not needed in this area.

Local schools closed for a snow day on Wednesday. Oak Ridge R-6 did not return to classes until Friday because a number of staff and students were out of power and the school parking lot was covered with ice.

Citizens Electric Corporation reported more than 2,700 members were out of power on Wednesday. Heavy snow accumulation caused trees and limbs to fall onto power lines resulting in broken poles and downed wires.

The outages were widespread throughout Citizens’ service area, however most members had power restored by Thursday evening. Some members in remote areas may not have had power restored until Friday because of the need to clear timber and other unique challenges.

CEC was assisted by 30 outside contractors and two crews from Gascosage Electric Cooperative.

CEC members who need to report an outage or speak with a member services representative may call 1-877-876-3511.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at cashbook@mvp.net.

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