Rain causes pre-game problems in Columbia

Thursday, October 8, 2009 | 5:46 p.m. CDT; updated 10:08 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 8, 2009
David Woldenger, left, and Eric Gibson high-five each other outside the entrance to the student section of Memorial Stadium on Thursday before Missouri's game against Nebraska. Woldenger used to work as an event staffer at games but is now a fan coming for the game.

Interstate 70 traffic caused by 11 a.m. crash


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The Missouri State Highway Patrol closed both eastbound lanes on Interstate 70 near mile marker 89 because of an accident that happened at about 11 a.m., said Capt. Dale A. Schmidt, commanding officer of Troop F.

The accident involved tractor-trailers and took emergency response units more than an hour to clear. I-70 is now open, but traffic is still congested because of the rain and the accumulation of vehicles caused by the closure, according to the Highway Patrol.

 — Juan Pablo Garcia

Few ponchos for sale in Columbia — except in Nebraska colors

If you watch tonight’s game at home, look out for people in the crowd with plastic bags on their heads, and be thankful that you are inside. After rainy forecasts, Tiger fans flooded to stores to grab ponchos.

By 2 p.m. Thursday, few ponchos were left on the shelves, and most of those remaining were red. Tiger fans were left scrambling to find an alternative way to stay dry because umbrellas are not allowed inside Memorial Stadium.

All three Walmarts in Columbia sold out of ponchos. The West Broadway location ran out yesterday.

The Grindstone Parkway location ordered about 2,000 extra for the game, but none remained after noon. Fans still scoured the store around 2:30 p.m.

"I think considering that they knew there was going to be a game that they probably should’ve stocked up, at least for how many people would seat the stadium,” said Lauren Harris, an MU junior.

Walgreens, MC Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods and the MU Bookstore also sold out earlier today.

Before the bookstore sold out of ponchos, Kessaya Speckman and her mother, Cynthia Speckman, snagged some for themselves.

"We got cheap ones that rip really easy,” said Cynthia Speckman.

Target had ponchos in stock longer than other stores. Red and blue ponchos lasted the longest, but even those sold out by 4:30 p.m.

Target employees, for their own entertainment, kept a tally of how many calls they received concerning rain gear.

Ponchos were not the only pieces of rain gear running low.

“Nobody has rain boots. People were fighting over them at Shoe Carnival a little while ago… over the one size 6 they had left,” Cynthia Speckman said.

— Kaylee Nelson and Han Cheung

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 — Hayley Tsukayama

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