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  • Winter funland... for some

  • A second storm swept through the Lake of the Ozarks leaving behind more than eight inches of snow in some areas, downed power lines and damage from the weight of the heavy, slushy weather mix.
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  • A second storm swept through the Lake of the Ozarks leaving behind more than eight inches of snow in some areas, downed power lines and damage from the weight of the heavy, slushy weather mix.
    As the storm moved in late Monday night, roads quickly became dangerous, forcing motorists off the roadways.
    Hardest hit by the storm were road crews and utility companies. The weight of the snow and falling tree limbs created widespread problems.
    Beginning shortly after midnight on Tuesday, scattered power outages left more than 11,000 customers in Miller, Morgan and Camden counties without electricity. County road crews worked with utility providers clearing snow to get equipment in to work on power lines.
    In Morgan County, Emergency Management Director Rick Bias said there were reports of damage to several structures, including a business in Versailles. The northern portion of the county seemed to have gotten the heaviest amount of snowfall.
    Morgan County officials expect to have a better idea of the extent of the damage Wednesday.
    On Tuesday, Bias said the county's resources were being focused on responding to calls for assistance.
    In Camdenton, crews worked through the night and on Tuesday to clear city streets.
    The storm dumped at least six inches of snow and in some areas of town measured up to nine inches.
    By mid-morning, 40% of Camden county roads were cleared by road and bridge crews.
    This week’s storm brought mostly snow unlike last week’s ice storm. Rich Peiper with Camden County Road and Bridge said that the county hopes to have all roads cleared at least once by 9 p.m. tonight. Crews will start on roads again first thing Wednesday morning.
    "People just need to be patient. We will get over the whole county eventually," Peiper said.
    Since crews have a large county to cover ranging from Climax Springs to Stoutland, it will take them most of the day to get to all the roads.
    In order to help crews, residents are asked to clear an area on the downhill side of traffic flow when shoveling their driveways.
    While residents in Morgan County were dealing with power outages and massive snowfall, residents in Osage Beach and Lake Ozark dealt with fewer inches of snow, leading to some fun in the snow for local children.
     
     

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