December 6, 2007

December Arrives Across Region in Slippery Fashion

When March comes in like a lion, it is supposed to leave like a lamb. Scotland County residents are hoping the same can be said for the month of December after Mother Nature marked the change in the calendar with a winter storm that dumped freezing rain on the region.

The precipitation made travel dangerous and caused power outages in some parts of the county, but by and large the stormís growl was worse than its bite.

Scotland County Sheriff Wayne Winn reported his department worked several minor traffic accidents in the early hours of Saturday, December 1st.

ďA family from California, got its first taste of freezing rain, and they likely wonít forget it,Ē said Winn.

The sheriff said a couple and their two young children went off the road on Highway 136 on the east edge of Memphis near the cemetery. The accident took the car down a steep embankment, but no injuries were reported.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol also assisted a handful of stranded motorists.

The storm took its largest toll on Highway 15 just south of Memphis. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol a milk truck owned by Heartland Dairy slid off the west side of the road while rounding the corner at the intersection of Highway 15 and Route W. The truck went off the east side of the roadway where it overturned. The truck bed came off spilling 2,000 1-gallon milk containers.

The accident occurred at approximately 6:45 a.m. The roadway was closed briefly later that afternoon as volunteers loaded the milk containers on another truck. The roadway was closed again later to allow emergency workers to remove the vehicle.

The ice storm also took its toll on trees and power lines.

The City of Memphis reported no major power outages. Work crews did respond to a residential call after a falling tree limb downed a power line and damaged the homeís electrical meter.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative reported experiencing outages in Scotland County, north of Memphis much of the day December 1st.

Director David Ramsey stated that approximately 250 Tri-County customers were affected by the ice storm, noting that all service was restored by mid-evening.

The weather impacted numerous local events on December 1st. The Scotland County varsity basketball teams were scheduled to play in the third place games at the Novinger Tournament, but the contests were postponed until Wednesday, December 5th.

The storm didnít shut down the 26th annual Christmas Bazaar, sponsored by Epsilon Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi in Memphis, but it did impact the volume of visitors and exhibitors at the school according to organizers.

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