Eastern Counties Iced Out Saturday

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WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo — Hundreds were without power, and thousands spent Saturday trying to thaw out.

Places like Kansas City and St. Louis took a pounding from Friday’s winter storm, but the towns around the Ozarks were dealt some damage as well.

Some people in Webster County woke up to a coating of ice on Saturday. The further east you travel on US Highway 60, the more you saw.

Many towns in that direction spent Saturday thawing out.

For Lindsey Smothers and her family, that’s what they spent Saturday doing, with limbs and power lines strewn about their yard. 

“Well, it’s kind of lucky that it didn’t hit the house or anything of the sort. So, I mean. It ill get picked up,” Smother said. 

Their home near Fordland, had been without power since around 11 Friday night.

Crews from all over the area were busy trying to get people their power back, especially in Seymour. 

Seymour Alderman Dan Wehmer and other officials in town are operating under emergency status Saturday, and things are very much a work in progress. 

“This morning we realized what a serious problem we had. At one time we probably had about 90% of our homes without power,” Wehmer says. “I don’t think any city has got it as bad as we do.”

With help from crews from places like Cabool, Springfield, Nixa, Strafford, Branson and a number of other places, they have been working to cut limbs and repair lines, but this isn’t going to be a quick fix. 

“Right now I think we are looking at probably 25-30 percent outage, however, we are going to have people start losing power for us to restore power. That is why we have opened up a relief center at the Seymour Senior Citizens Center, which will be open all night,” Wehmer says.  

Wehmer also says the city streets are something to avoid for the next day or so. 

“We’ve live lines on them. We’ve got live transformers down, and as it freezes back this evening once the sun sets, we’re going to have more problems.”

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