Brookport Bridge re-opens, warming centers available

Brookport Bridge re-opens, warming centers available
Cape Girardeau side roads still very icy. (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS photojournalist)
Cape Girardeau side roads still very icy. (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS photojournalist)
Cleaning roads going out of Gideon on Hwy. 153 Sunday evening. (Source: cNews)
Cleaning roads going out of Gideon on Hwy. 153 Sunday evening. (Source: cNews)
Big rig slid off the road on Cravens Road in Poplar Bluff, Mo. (Source: cNews)
Big rig slid off the road on Cravens Road in Poplar Bluff, Mo. (Source: cNews)
Hwy. ZZ just west of Dexter, Mo. on Sunday afternoon. It is mostly ice and very slick. (Source: Teena Fields, cNews)
Hwy. ZZ just west of Dexter, Mo. on Sunday afternoon. It is mostly ice and very slick. (Source: Teena Fields, cNews)
James Chestnut pushing snow at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on Sunday. (Source: cNews)
James Chestnut pushing snow at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on Sunday. (Source: cNews)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Many roads are still covered and crews continue to work to dig out from the ice, sleet, and snow that pounded the Heartland Thursday and Friday.

However, the US 45 Ohio River "Brookport" Bridge between Paducah and Brookport will be reopened to traffic around 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 according to Ky. state transportation officials.

KYTC says engineers had been evaluating the bridge a number of times per day as temperatures inched above freezing to allow ice to melt from the bridge structure.

The bridge had been closed from just before 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.

Ice and snow coated the bridge forcing the closure.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports a snow plow overturned on KY 128 in Caldwell County near the intersection with Travis Road.

They say the truck went off a 10 ft. embankment during plowing and salting operations. The driver was not injured.

According to KYTC, the road is open now.

Corporal Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says troopers are working a lot of slide offs. He urges people to stay home unless it's an emergency to allow road crews to do their job.

One location particularly plagued with crashes is Interstate 55 between the 26 and 28 mile markers in the southbound lanes. Parrott says the highway patrol is worked between six to seven crashes or slide offs in that area on Saturday. Most are minor crashes. One crash involves two semi trucks with minor injuries.

The combination of snow and ice has made it more difficult for Missouri Department of Transportation crews to keep the roads clear. Drifting snow could be an issue in some locations. It would help crews if travelers could give them plenty of room to work on the road, according to a MoDOT spokesperson.

Ameren MO deactivates EOC

Ameren Missouri has deactivated its Emergency Operations Center as of 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Crews completed restoration to about 4,300 customers over the last 36 hours in Southeast Missouri. Most customers were not without power for more than four hours. Reoccurring outages were caused by what the industry calls "galloping conductors."

All total, Ameren Missouri has deployed approximately 500 workers to southeast Missouri; including lineman, tree trimmers, field checkers and crews for restoration efforts.

Snow totals as of 4 p.m. Friday


7 inches in Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau County

10 inches in Fruitland, MO - Cape Girardeau County

10.3 inches in Ste. Genevieve, MO - Ste. Genevieve County

11.5 inches in Dexter, MO - Stoddard County

10.5 inches in Ellsinore, MO - Carter County


12 inches in Du Quoin, IL - Perry County

8 inches in Crossville, IL - White County

9 inches in Harrisburg, IL - Saline County

13 inches in Mt. Vernon, IL - Jefferson County

11 inches in McClue, IL - Alexander County

10.5 inches in Dongola, IL - Union County

12 inches in Carmi, IL - White County

8 inches in Murphysboro, IL - Jackson County

12 inches in Woodlawn, IL - Jefferson County

9.5 inches in Mulkeytown, IL - Franklin County


6 inches in Wickliffe, KY - Ballard County

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry will remain closed Monday, December 9.


1 inches of sleet in Union City, TN - Obion County

State of Emergency in Jackson County, IL lifted

Jackson County officials are lifting the winter weather State of Emergency effective Saturday morning. Drivers are urged to continue to use extreme caution, especially on secondary and rural roadways. The precipitation from the 30 hour winter weather event, starting with freezing rain and sleet, then turning to snow, tapered off Friday evening. Unofficial snow accumulations of 12 inches have been reported in the county and the residual effects of this volume of snow will not change quickly. High temperatures Saturday are expected to reach 28 degrees.

Missouri Governor activates state EOC

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activated the State Emergency Operations Center for 24-hour a day operations in response to the winter storm.

Nixon urged Missourians to avoid travel if possible to allow road crews to clear roads and speed the response of emergency crews.

The governor also cautions Missourians to avoid downed power lines and call the local power company to report it.

Anyone interested in receiving text message updates from the Poplar Bluff Police Department and the Butler County Sheriff's Office should text "63901" to 888777; and information will be posted to the Poplar Bluff Police Department Twitter account #pbpd.

Road conditions

As of 7:45 a.m. on Monday, December 9, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following road conditions:

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY - Interstate 55 clear - secondary roads partly covered

BOLLINGER COUNTY - Primary roads clear - secondary roads covered

BUTLER COUNTY - Primary roads clear - secondary roads covered

DUNKLIN COUNTY - Primary roads clear - secondary roads covered

IRON COUNTY - MO 72 partially covered - secondary roads partially covered

MADISON COUNTY - US 67 mostly clear - MO 72 partially covered - secondary roads partially ice covered

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY - Primary roads clear - secondary roads ice covered

NEW MADRID COUNTY - Primary roads clear - secondary roads ice covered

PEMISCOT COUNTY - Primary roads clear - secondary roads ice covered

SCOTT COUNTY - Primary roads clear - secondary roads ice covered

STODDARD COUNTY - US 60 clear - MO 25 partly covered - secondary roads ice covered

RIPLEY COUNTY - Primary roads clear - secondary roads ice covered

WAYNE COUNTY - Primary roads wet - secondary roads partially ice covered

Troop E officers are working a few slide offs due to roadways having ice patches.

All primary and secondary roads in the troop E area are improving.

From KSP:

Troopers with the Kentucky State Police, Post 1-Mayfield have responded to 40 vehicular collisions that involved property damage, and/or injury since the winter weather event began on the evening of December 5 (and until 4:30 pm Saturday). Several more calls for service involving vehicles in ditches or medians, with little to no damage, and only needing a tow truck, have also been fielded by KSP.

With the National Weather Service forecasting another round of wintry weather that will be moving through western Kentucky tonight and into early Sunday morning, KSP is requesting citizens to not travel unless absolutely necessary. With the addition of extremely cold temperatures in the night hours, travel should be restricted to essential and/or emergency situations during this time period.

While many main routes such as Interstate 24, Interstate 69, and US highways have improved with the help of today's sunshine and the work of highway crews, it only takes a small amount of freezing rain to create hazardous driving conditions. Additional precipitation through Sunday night will likely continue to cause travel difficulties with slippery roads and potential limited visibility. If citizens must travel, they are asked to use extreme caution.

Citizens are also requested to 'not' dial 911 or KSP for road condition information. Instead, they are asked to dial 1-866-737-3767 or from a cellular phone they can dial 511 for this updated information. 911 should be reserved for reporting emergencies only.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry will remain closed Sunday, December 8.

Conditions as of 6 a.m. Monday according to KYTC:

There was fog overnight in many counties. A band of light freezing rain that briefly turned to snow swept across Henderson and Webster counties about 2 a.m.

It left a dusting of snow that created additional slick spots for a couple of hours.

Temperatures held in the mid-20s which helped salt to continue thawing roads in the overnight hours. However, there are still opportunities for re-freezing, as well as some remaining icy spots that require additional treatment.

Caution is required on the morning commute.

KYTC uses new tactic to clear snow

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 used a new tactic in snow clearing this evening. It's a tactic you may be seeing more often as you travel area four-lane highways.

When snow plows work along Interstate 24 and the area parkways, they normally work along and plow one lane at a time. As the truck plows it also spreads salt which is given time to work. The plow would then normally return to the same route an hour or two later to plow the other lane and salt again. In between those runs, traffic knocks snow from the un-cleared lane back over into the cleared lane.

Tonight, District 1 crews formed a caravan of four snow plows to attack Interstate 24 in a more coordinated effort. This allowed the travel lanes to be cleared from white line to white line. Highway engineers have nicknamed the approach "the Klingon Maneuver" after the name given to this week's storm.

The highway clearing tactic is used out west fairly often in areas where plows have to cover great distances of open road. It allows snow plows to more efficiently blast snow off the road. The cleared road surface is then salted to help keep it clear though the night. It is commonly used in areas that are prone to drifting.

It also improves safety by keeping traffic away from the snow plows so operators can concentrate on what's in front of them instead of traffic zipping past them.

Friday night's caravan traveled from I-24 Exit 11 heading westbound to near the 2 mile marker. The 4 plows and escort vehicles then turned around and headed back to Exit 11. If you travel that section tonight you can see the pretty amazing impact.

Highway engineers say the caravan worked better than they anticipated. They plan to use the "Klingon Maneuver" along the I-24 Downtown Business Loop at Paducah and along other sections of Interstate 24 this weekend.

Normally, Western Kentucky doesn't get enough snow out of one storm to make the approach practical. However, the 4.9 inches of frozen precipitation this winter storm dumped on the Paducah area provided a unique opportunity to try it.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is reporting the following road conditions as of 8 p.m. Saturday:

All KYTC District 1 Counties are out treating and plowing except Lyon & Ballard.

Most A routes are in good condition throughout the District. Crews will concentrate on B and C routes until temperatures get too low to allow any additional progress tonight.

A couple of trucks will be available to work in each county throughout the evening to respond to trouble spots with the crews returning in the morning to ramp back up to full treating and plowing efforts along B and C Routes.

USPS asks for help keeping walkways and mail boxes clear

Snow and ice on porches and steps can be hazardous for letter carriers. The Postal Service is also reminding customers to keep access to their rural mailboxes clear should snow and ice become a hazard.

Humane Society of Missouri offers pet safety tips for cold weather

With cold weather here, the Humane Society of Missouri urges all pet owners to bring their pets inside and exercise caution when exposing pets to the cold. Pets rely on their owners to help stay warm during cold weather.

  • BRING YOUR PET INSIDE: Don't leave your pet outside in the cold for prolonged periods of time. Remember — thermometers might show one temperature, but wind chills can make it feel much, much colder. Limit time outdoors and be mindful of frostbite on ears, tail and feet. If you run with your dog, pay attention to cold paws and if it gets too cold, leave your pup at home. Cats should always be left indoors — it's the law in the City of St. Louis. "Outdoor" cats are often victims of road traffic, wilds animals, dogs and cruel people.
  • ACCLIMATE YOUR PET TO COLD WEATHER: If your pets spend a lot of time outdoors, make sure to introduce them gradually to dropping temperatures, rather than exposing them to the extreme cold all at once.
  • PROVIDE ADEQUATE SHELTER: Adequate shelter is mandated by law. If your dog lives outdoors, you must provide a well-insulated and draft-free doghouse. The opening should face south with a sturdy, flexible covering to prevent icy winds from entering. Line the floors of the shelter with straw, not hay. Towels and blankets can become damp or freeze, making the space colder.
  • BEWARE OF ANTIFREEZE AND ROCK SALT: Antifreeze often collects on driveways and roadways. Although it smells and tastes sweet to your pet, it is lethally poisonous. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately! Deicing products like rock salt can irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse and dry your pet's feet after being outside. Pet stores often carry pet-safe ice melts that do the job and won't harm your pets.
  • DRY OFF WET PETS: A wet pet is a cold pet. Towel or blow-dry your pet if he gets wet from rain or snow. Also, it is important to clean and dry paws to prevent tiny cuts and cracked pads.
  • PROVIDE PLENTY OF FOOD AND WATER: It takes more energy in the winter to properly regulate body temperature, so your pet needs additional calories if he spends a lot of time playing or working outdoors. Your pet is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer, so be sure to provide plenty of fresh water. Snow is not a substitute for water. Refill outside bowls often to prevent freezing.
  • CAREFULLY KEEP PETS WARM INSIDE: Keep your pets warm, dry and away from drafts while inside. Space heaters and other supplemental heat sources can burn your pet. Keep portable heaters out of reach and make sure all fireplaces have adequate screening. And, of course, never leave your pet alone with an unattended fire.
  • GROOM REGULARLY: Your pet needs a well-groomed coat to keep him properly insulated. Short- or coarse-haired dogs might get extra cold so consider a sweater or a coat. Long-haired dogs should have their paw hair trimmed to ease in cleaning and snow removal.

Traffic crashes

Sunday just before 9 a.m. the McCracken County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to a crash on Interstate 24 at the 10 mile marker. Twenty-five-year-old Ian Abernathy, of Paducah, was driving a pick-up truck west bound on I24 across the Pool Road overpass. Once on the overpass Abernathy lost control of his vehicle due to icing on the bridge. Abernathy then over-corrected and the vehicle spun around before striking the bridge wall. A passenger in the vehicle, 54-year-old Christopher Abernathy of Salem, WI was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

One man received multiple injuries Saturday in Lyon County, Ky. after losing control of his truck due to icy road conditions. According to Kentucky State Police, Sam Walston, 30, of Eddyville was driving south on Chestnut Oak Road when he lost control of his truck and ran off the road. Walston's truck then hit a tree. He was taken to Caldwell County Hospital and was later taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

A truck jack-knifed near the 25 mile marker on Interstate 24 in Marshall County Saturday morning. This is just west of the Purchase Parkway Interchange in the Calvert City area of Marshall County. There have also been some additional crashes in this area. Traffic was backed up several miles on the westbound side. I-24 is back open now. US 62 provides a viable detour along this section. KYTC trucks are salting this section at this time in an effort to cut through the accumulated ice.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, deputies found a crash Friday morning that had just occured on Interstate 24 near the 13 mile marker. An investigation revealed that 57-year-old Shirley Hampton of Ponoma, California was driving with a passenger, 33-year-old Jon Parker of Conyers, Georgia. While driving west on the interstate and crossing a bridge, Shirley spun out due to ice and snow covering the bridge. Peter Ngeru, 40, of Middle River, Maryland was driving a semi west on I-24 behind Hampton when she lost control of her vehicle. Peter could not avoid hitting Hampton. Both vehicles came to a stop in the median and had significant damage.  Parker was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. The Freightliner was hauling approximately 11,000 pounds of chicken which was not compromised by the crash. I-24 was reduced to one land for approximately 2 hours for cleanup and removal.

According to the West Frankfort Fire Department, crews rescued a family traveling on Interstate 57 around 8 p.m. Thursday after their SUV slid on a patch of ice. The SUV landed in a ditch filled with about 3 feet of water on its side. When Fire crews arrived they found the family on top of the vehicle. To rescue the victims, the firefighters used their ladder trucks extendable ladder to get the family to safety. They were checked out at the scene and have no injuries. The family, a mom, dad, and 10-year-old boy are from Seattle.

Illinois State Police were busy Thursday responding to car crashes. Seven car crashes were reported with no injuries. Four with injuries that required trips to area hospitals. They've had calls for 15 different motorist assists. That can range from a vehicle needing to be pulled out of a ditch to a person need help changing tire. There have not been any crashes involving deaths.

The northbound lanes at the 101 mile marker were closed Thursday, but are now back open. A car and a semi truck collided in the northbound lanes at the 101 mile marker. Cape Girardeau police say the man driving a green Honda lost control of the car due to slick road conditions. He hit the guardrail, then spun out in the path of the oncoming tractor trailer. The tractor trailer driver says he swerved but couldn't avoid the car. The driver of the Honda was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center. No word on his condition.

Three people were injured in a crash in Zeigler, Illinois. Emergency crews responded to a crash on Route 148 that happened around 11:30 a.m. Two people were thrown from a vehicle. One person was run over by a third vehicle.

Warming stations

If you need help during the winter weather, contact the Red Cross.

Area residents seeking relief from the extreme temperatures are being invited by St. Mary's Good Samaritan, Inc. to make use of the heated public areas at both campuses, St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.

Individuals may utilize the Patient/Main Entrance lobby, lounges and cafeteria at both facilities as warming sites. This is an open invitation through the duration of the extreme cold.

The McCracken County Office of Emergency Management Disaster and Emergency Services has released a list of warming stations. They say if you get in trouble and need somewhere to go and get warm, the following locations have been designated in McCracken County as warming stations only. *NO FOOD OR SLEEPING QUARTERS WILL BE PROVIDED*:

1. Reidland Baptist Church 5559 Benton Road Ph. #: (270) 898-6243

2. Grace Episcopal Church 820 Broadway Ph. #: (270) 443-1363

3. McCracken Co. Court House 300 So. 7th St. Ph. #:(270) 444-1333 Ext. 2107

4. Spring Bayou Church 11205 Woodville Rd, Kevil Ph.#: (270) 462-3014

Cape Girardeau will offer two warming centers. 

1. Cape Senior Center 921 N. Clark St. 8:30am - 3:00pm (573) 335-1352

2. Salvation Army 701 Good Hope 9:00am - 5:00pm (573) 335-7000

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information, and referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 service is now available for most areas of Missouri. In areas where the 211 service is not operational, citizens may call 800-427-4626. (link for desktop users)

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