Archive for Thursday, January 6, 2005

De Soto shrugs off ice storm

January 6, 2005

Morse's Apple Market was in business Tuesday as De Soto residents prepared for a forecasted ice storm.

"It was brisk," Marge Morse said.

Customers bought 200 bags of salt from the store's shelves, leaving 125 for late shoppers as they stocked up with food, Morse said.

Under its previous owner, the store lost a great deal of its stock in the 2002 ice storm when it and much of De Soto lost power for days. Morse said there were no problems with power as of early Wednesday morning, but she was concerned after a number of Linwood residents shopping at the store reported power was off in that town.

"That's where we get our power from," she said.

Although there were still uncertain forecasts for later Wednesday, the ice storm that caused problems throughout the metropolitan area appeared to have little consequence in De Soto.

Like its residents the city of De Soto spent much of Tuesday readying for the storm, City Administrator Greg Johnson said. Crews had been out treating streets since mid-afternoon Tuesday and worked through the night, he said. The city was well stocked with sand and salt, but Johnson said "this is the kind of storm that eats up a lot."

In heavy snow or sleet, the two trucks the city uses for arterials and the four smaller ones used on residential streets would start concentrating at mid-day on preparing streets for the evening rush, Johnson said.

Because of the light dusting on snow, it was difficult to tell how much ice accumulated from the storm, Johnson said. As far as he knew, it wasn't enough to cause any significant power outages in De Soto.

De Soto Fire Department Chief Kevin Ritter said it appeared De Soto residents decided to stay in and stay safe.

"We had no calls yesterday," he said. "This morning we had one downed powerline, at 82nd and Cherokee.

decided to stay in and stay safe.

"We had no calls yesterday," he said. "This morning we had one downed powerline, at 82nd and Cherokee.

"We didn't have any accidents. We didn't even get any emergency calls last night. We weren't called out for anything."

Preparations the utilities have taken in since the last ice storm safeguarded De Soto for half to 1 inch of ice that accumulated, Ritter said.

De Soto USD 232 closed schools Wednesday, which was to be the first day for students to return to classes after the holiday break. Also De Soto High School's first home basketball games were cancelled. No date has yet been announced for the games against Wellsville.

The De Soto Board of Education meeting, scheduled for Tuesday night, was also cancelled.

A special meeting will take place at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the district administrative offices.

The purpose of the meeting is to issue debt for the district, and action on the issue may be taken during the meeting.

Other scheduled business will be held until the Board's next regular meeting on Jan. 18.

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