Thursday, February 3, 2011
Snowmageddon, snownami, snowpocalypse, SnoMG.
Call it what you will, the winter blizzard Tuesday that dumped an average of 18 inches of snow on Central Missouri paralyzed daily routines.
Residents largely responded by doing the right thing — they stayed home.
In doing so, they cleared the way for road crews and emergency responders to do their jobs.
Cole County Emergency Management Director Bill Farr echoed that observation when he reported: “Really, there were very few situations, and I think that was due to the citizens ... for the most part, staying home and off roads. That helped with snow plowing. We had snow plows go in front of fire trucks and ambulances so they could get to calls.”
Preparation also was commendable.
Faced with a forecast of severe weather and blizzard conditions, emergency declarations were issued by the state, county and city.
Road crews started early, concentrated on snow routes during blizzard conditions and cleared neighborhood streets at the earliest opportunity.
Area hospitals wisely arranged appropriate staffing to deal with an expected increase in emergency treatment for victims of accidents or other weather-related injuries.
Non-essential businesses predominantly remained shuttered, schools closed and activities were canceled.
As always, we applaud everyone who extended a helping hand or delivered a good deed.
They include: staff at county fire stations who provided coffee and food for road crews; employees who worked an extra shift for a co-worker; and people who checked on a neighbor or helped someone dig out.
Difficult situations often bring out the best in people, and Tuesday’s storm and its aftermath definitely qualify as difficult.