Throughout Boone County, power outages define the day

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 5:17 p.m. CST; updated 6:04 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Becky Mitten, a waitress at Lucy's Beverages and Burgers in McBaine, uses a garden shovel to remove snow from the parking area Tuesday.

COLUMBIA — Despite a couple of power outages lasting 30 to 45 minutes, Erin McGruder enjoyed her snow day on Tuesday by relaxing and spending extra time working around her home in Harrisburg.

"We’re snuggled up with the dogs at the house," McGruder said. "We have done some chores and cleaned up fallen branches, but other than that, it’s just a typical lazy snow day."

The second major winter storm in a week brought between 6 and 10 inches of snow overnight throughout Boone County. It was wet, sticky, slushy stuff, the kind of snow that weighs down trees and power lines. Shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, almost 11,600 customers of Boone Electric Cooperative — almost all of them outside Columbia — were without power.

That was a theme in a round of calls made early Tuesday afternoon to residents in communities throughout the county.

"We had a power outage from 6 to noon today," said Ginny Coleman of Lucy’s Bar & Grill in McBaine. "Business has been very slow, and roads are not too horrible and have been cleared."

Regina Kroeger, manager at Prenger’s Foods in Centralia, made sure to stock her store before the storm came and kept supplies steady as customers came in to prepare for the snow.

"Road conditions aren’t too bad here. The lights have flickered on and off all day," Kroeger said. "Suppliers did well. We have a steady supply of groceries and were prepared for the snow."

In Hartsburg, Jeanette Crawford, owner of the Globe Hotel, prepared for the snowstorm by buying groceries Monday evening.

"The snow hasn’t affected our business too much," Crawford said. "We’ve had a tractor plowing the streets here, and there haven’t been any power outages."

Around noon, Todd Schapira, owner of Abigail's restaurant in Rocheport, said most of the power was out around town "and roads are barely passable. I don't have power at my house."

In Sturgeon, Charles England said business had been slow at Heuer's Country Store and Cafe.

"There’s been hardly any people coming to the store," England said. "Power has been out around town west of Highway 63, and it seems as if the highway in front of the store is clear." 

Matt Berhorst of Pizza Haus in Ashland saw a bump in sales.

"The snow hasn’t affected us too much — in fact, we got more business from it," Berhorst said. "We haven’t experienced any power outages, and the streets seem to be clear."

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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