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Every home has its ice storm story. KSMU's Mike Smith found a few from one city block in Springfield.
After parking my Pathfinder on Meadowmere east of national, I see a scene all too common in southwest Missouri following what the National Weather Service calls the "Historic 3 wave ice storm of January 12-14." Power line are down or dangling, trees and tree limbs litter nearly every yard on the block and some rooftops. While a trio of tree trimmers clears debris from Pat Sims yard, Pat, an admittedly elderly woman,leaves her home to, as she says, "Check on an elderly neighbor".
Further east on Meadowmere, Jim Ogan and his across the stret neighbor Gene Simpson survey the storms damage while walking their dogs. The two share their secrets of staying warm in homes without power.
Across the street from where Jim, Gene and I are standing, I hear the sound of what the cold ice storm would make a hot commodity...a generator!
The much sought after machine is giving power to the home of Joe Hulgus who invites me into his home for a warm cup of coffee and talks about coping in the aftermath of the ice storm. Joe encourages listeners to be patient, and to help others in need when possible.
For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.