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Area Responds to Ice Storm

KSMU's Missy Shelton has school closures, emergency contacts and food safety information.

Springfield Public Schools are closed tomorrow as well as Missouri State University and Drury University. Drury will not re-open until next Monday, January 22.

According to the latest from City Utilities of Springfield, there are still 45 thousand customers without power in the Springfield area.

Ernie De Camp is C-U spokesman.

There are a number of shelters in Greene County and if you need information on those, the number to call is 869-6040. Missouri State University has been serving residents with medical needs through the shelter it has set up at McDonald Arena.

Jean Cogan lives in Republic with her son...She says she went to two other shelters before coming to McDonald Arena.

The university has put out a call to faculty, staff and students who have medical or psychological training. These individuals are being asked to consider volunteering at McDonald Arena.

Greg Burris is Vice President for Administrative and Information Services at Missouri State University.

He says the university is pleased to provide this service to the community.

This includes individuals in wheelchairs, on oxygen and diabetics.

Burris says the shelter is able to accommodate people thanks to a number of community groups.

The latest word is that McDonald Arena is full. If you have a special need and are seeking a shelter, you're asked to call 869-6040.

If you've been without power this weekend and today, you may be wondering about the status of the food in your refrigerator and freezer.

Terry Egan is a nutrition and health education specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.

She says food should be thrown out at this point.

As for food in the freezer, Egan says those items may keep a bit longer, as long as two or three days.

Governor Matt Blunt says this ice storm is historic...He says it's the worst natural disaster since the creation of the State Emergency Management Agency.

Steve Runnels, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at the Springfield Branson Regional Airport says this kind of ice storm is unusual for Southwest Missouri. It's going to be near zero tonight and highs in the mid 20's tomorrow.