Just when Macon gets knocked out by Storm Q, Rocky comes in with another major punch. Together, the storms totaled approximately 20 inches of snow according to the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service. And with a big storm comes a big mess.
According to Macon City Administrator Allan Muncy, the city is trying its best to get the streets cleared.
"We have had heavier snows as far as inches go, but this one was so unusually wet and heavy that we have had trucks getting stuck that usually wouldn't get stuck," said Muncy. "And I'm talking getting stuck four or five times in a row, which made it very difficult to get around as quick as we usually do."
At any given time there are 9-10 trucks, three backhoes and two loaders working the streets. According to Muncy, the street department worked 15 hours non-stop Tuesday, covering 90 miles of road continuously to ensure clear streets.
"Our main thing is to get roads opened up so there is an avenue out in case of emergency," said Muncy. "And I know it is aggravating for people who just cleaned their driveways and we come along and push the snow back. I'm very sympathetic, but we have to do what is best for the good of the majority which is to keep streets open."
Weather got so bad there was even a "no travel" advisory issued by MoDOT. According to MoDOT Senior Customer Relations Specialist Marisa Christy-Kerns, "no travel" advisories are only implemented when conditions are too dangerous to travel.
"We are just so thankful motorists have been cautious," said Christy-Kerns. "And thankful they have been so patient with our workers because they have been working very hard."
In addition to the "no travel" advisory, the City of Macon also issued a snow emergency plan at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 till Saturday morning. This emergency plan asked members of the community to move their vehicles to allow for the removal of excess snow. Muncy said there will be another snow emergency plan once they get the streets widened enough for two lanes again.
The roads haven't been the only issue Rocky has caused. According to Marketing and Communications Manager Kami Mohn at Macon Electric Cooperative, there have also been a total of 1,000 power outages in their coverage area caused by Rocky.
"We made a lot of progress Tuesday night and Wednesday morning," said Mohn. "We had all of our crews out. A crew from Tri-County Cooperative in Lancaster and a crew from the Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative from Palmyra have been helping as well. Hopefully we will get everyone back on by Wednesday evening."
Mohn said all outages were directly correlated to Rocky.
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