Friday afternoon Sikeston ice storm recovery update 2/6

The following information is from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

Friday afternoon update 2/6:

Today, Sikeston had wind gusts around 14 mph and tomorrow winds are forecasted to be above 20 mph.  Sikeston DPS urges anyone around trees tonight and tomorrow to use caution.  There are several limbs dangling from large trees that are likely to fall in these winds.  This has potential to harm work crews or nearby persons and further damage our electrical grid.  Remember some of these power lines are still down and may be energized.   Also, the city does not permit any burning when wind speeds are over 10 mph.

The city curfew has been lifted for those areas of Sikeston that have power and are operating normally.  However, the curfew will remain in effect for various locations of the city still without power.  Again, the curfew is from 10PM to 6AM in only these neighborhoods without electricity.

We are reminding everyone beginning Tuesday (February 10th) at noon; Sikeston will host a Multi Agency Resource Center (M.A.R.C.) at the Clinton Building.  This will be for anyone who needs assistance in Scott, New Madrid and other surrounding counties.  A wide range of Federal, State and local agencies will be present to address the needs of our area residents. 

Sonny's Solid Waste has been collecting trash all this week and will continue.  However, you MUST place all trash in front of your home, near the curb if you want it to be collected.  Sonny's Solid waste will not pick up any trash from alleyways even if your alleyway is clear of debris.

Again the Sikeston's compost site is open from 7AM to 4PM until further notice.  Public Works asks that you make your own deliveries if possible.  It may be several weeks before Public Works will be able to pick up limbs at your home.  If you stack limbs on your property, place them in front of your house, near the curb.  PLEASE DON'T BLOCK THE VIEW AT INTERSECTIONS AND DO NOT COVER UP FIRE HYDRANTS.

We are asking that everyone be careful this weekend while many residents will be cleaning debris from their property.  Sikeston DPS updates will continue on 97.9 and 107.1 throughout the weekend.  We ask you to be patient and stay out of harm's way.

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Friday morning Update 2/6: The city curfew has been lifted for those areas of Sikeston that have power and are operating normally.  However, it will remain in effect for various locations of the city still without power.  Again, the curfew is from 10PM to 6AM in only these neighborhoods without electricity.

We are reminding everyone beginning Tuesday (February 10th) at noon; Sikeston will host a Multi Agency Resource Center (M.A.R.C.) at the Clinton Building.  This will be for anyone who needs assistance in Scott, New Madrid and other surrounding counties.  A wide range of Federal, State and local agencies will be present to address the needs of our area.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be present for anyone wishing to inquire about their assistance.

Some of the agencies that will be present are:

  • Salvation Army
  • Red Cross
  • Humane Society
  • State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Ministerial Alliance of Sikeston
  • Guardian Angel Shelter of Sikeston

This group is scheduled to be at the Clinton Building in Sikeston for three days, from Tuesday (Feb. 10th) through Thursday (Feb 12th).  Hours of operation are Tuesday (noon - 7PM), Wednesday and Thursday (9AM - 7PM). Anyone wishing to inquire about assistance should respond to the Clinton Building, located at 501 Campanella on these dates.  You may also contact the United Way by phone at their number 211 should you have any questions about your health or welfare.

Many residents are having a hard time understanding why their home is still without power.  BMU states that they are aware of the specific areas of town without power and they are doing what they can to restore electricity in these places.  However, right now BMU is still trying to bring up neighborhoods and not homes one at a time.  Please remember, if limbs or ice damaged electrical services at your home (where it connects to your house), you can seek a private electrical contractor for repairs.  This will help you get power at your home sooner.  Please remember, after repairs are made, it must be inspected by a Sikeston Code Enforcement Officer, before you are reconnected.

Starting Saturday morning, Sikeston DPS will be returning to their normal schedule.  However, some days off have been cancelled for Officers to help ease this transition.  We will keep the necessary coverage on our streets for the safety of our citizens, especially those without power.  DPS reminds you to please stay away from any downed electrical lines and call BMU to report them at 471-3328.  Be safe this weekend during your clean up and please be patient.

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Beginning noon on Tuesday (February 10th) Sikeston will host Multi Agency Resource Center (M.A.R.C.) at the Clinton Building.  This will be much like a one stop shop for those who are in need of assistance in Scott, New Madrid and other surrounding counties.  Several agencies will be present to answer questions and help complete documentation for assistance.  In some cases, immediate assistance may be provided.  Some of the agencies that will be present are:
  • Salvation Army
  • Red Cross
  • Humane Society
  • State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Ministerial Alliance of Sikeston
  • Guardian Angel Shelter of Sikeston
This group is scheduled to be here for three days, from Tuesday (Feb. 10th) through Thursday (Feb 12th).  Hours of operation are Tuesday (noon - 7PM), Wednesday and Thursday (9AM - 7PM). The group will assess the need for further assistance at the conclusion of Thursday's program.  The Multi Agency Resource Center (M.A.R.C.) may stay longer if deemed necessary.  Anyone wishing to inquire about assistance should respond to the Clinton Building, located at 501 Campanella on these dates.  This will be a starting point for anyone wishing to inquire about FEMA.
In addition, anyone who has questions about health and welfare issues can contact the United Way at the phone number 211.  This United Way number can direct callers to local organizations that deal with health and welfare matters. 
We are asking that you be safe and please be patient as we are doing what we can to make your situation better.

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Sikeston's Emergency Operational Command held their Thursday morning briefing today.  BMU General Manager Ed Throop stated about 70% of the city has electrical power.  Mr. Throop asked that residents without power to please be patient.  They are working 18 hours a day, restoring areas without power.  BMU asks that you report any dangerous situation at 471-3328.  Again, do not go near any downed or low hanging lines.  These power lines could possibly be energized and cause death or serious injury.
Public Works has received over 1400 loads to the city compost site since this the beginning of this ordeal.  Again the compost site is located on Compress road and is open from 7AM to 4PM.  Public Works asks that you make your own deliveries if possible.  Because of limited resources, it may be several weeks before Public Works will be able to pick up your limbs.  If you stack limbs on your property, place them in front of your house, near the curb.  PLEASE DON'T BLOCK THE VIEW AT INTERSECTIONS AND DO NOT COVER UP FIRE HYDRANTS.  
Several civic and church organizational leaders held a small town hall style meeting at the First United Methodist Church yesterday evening.  The participants of the meeting discussed various ways to organize community assistance to those in need.  The group is asking for volunteers to assist in a citywide cleanup.  This cleanup is in the planning stages and scheduled later this month.   The Ministerial Alliance will be accepting contributions to assist those in need.  This may vary from yard clearing, food, or gas.   Contact Larry Smith at 471-5469, at the Tanner Street Church of God, if you are in need or wish to contribute to this effort.  Guardian Angel Shelter is also seeking contributions to help those in need.  They are working at Mission Missouri and can be reached at 481-0505. 
Sikeston DPS will be issuing another update Thursday at 6PM on the city automated telephone system.  Caller ID will show the CODE RED telephone number as 866-419-5000.  Please, answer this call if you receive it, this is NOT a telemarketer.  If you have a cell phone you can add this number to your Contacts, listing it as the CODE RED MESSAGE.  This automated call has important updates from Sikeston Public Safety.
Again, we are asking the public to tune their radios to 107.1 and 97.9 on the FM dial.  Withers Broadcasting Company is putting out two updates an hour.  These are at the top of the hour and 30 after. 

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The Emergency Operational Command held another briefing Wednesday at 3PM.  BMU reported about 60% of the city is now operating on electrical power.  Electrical crews continue to work, trying to bring back those areas still without electricity.  Again, if you see any downed electrical lines do not go near them and call BMU at 471-3328.  Fallen or low hanging lines that had no power before could now be energized. 
Sikeston Public Works said 98% of the city streets have been cleared.  Supervisor Steve Lee said the City's compost site has taken in over 900 loads of limb debris over the last three days.  Lee asks residents not to put any limbs on the corners of intersections.  This could impair the ability to see oncoming traffic and lead to an accident. 
Missouri Delta Medical Center has returned physicians to their normal offices locations.  MDMC reports they are now bringing the hospital back to normal operation. 
The Red Cross Shelter at the Field House was moved to the Miner Baptist Church today.  Until further notice, anyone seeking shelter in Sikeston will be housed at this facility on H highway in Miner.  Sikeston Public Schools are now able to be reopened.  All of Sikeston's Public Schools will be back in session Thursday morning. 
The City is trying to recover from this winter storm and we are slowly making progress.  For those who are still without power, please be patient.  We are doing everything we can to assist you. 

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The City of Sikeston is reminding everyone power lines are still down throughout the city.  These power lines are likely to be "hot" or electrified.  If you see a downed line, call BMU at 471-3328 and stay away.  BMU will have someone answering their phone 24 hours a day.  Many downed lines that had no power before could now be energized.  Touching these lines could cause result in death or serious physical injury.
The Sikeston Compost Site off Compress Road is open daily from 7am to 4pm.  We are asking everyone to bring their limbs to this site.  It may be several weeks before the city is able to collect limbs.  If you are unable to deliver them, store your limbs near the curb in front of your home.  DO NOT put any limbs in alleyways or on city streets.  Also, do not place limbs at the corner of an intersection. This causes a traffic hazard to motorists.  The compost site also has a dumpster available for dumping spoiled food.  This dumpster is for residents only and not for commercial use. 
Again we are asking residents who currently have power to conserve it.  Use only what is necessary.  Those who are still without power are asked to turn off ALL circuit breakers in their home.  These steps will help bring power back to your home more quickly.
Many businesses in Sikeston have generously offered the use of their electronic message boards.  They are posting important information about power line safety and the city compost site.
We are asking everyone who is cleaning debris to be safe when using ladders, chainsaws and other tools.  This clean up can be very dangerous if done carelessly.  Please use proper safety equipment and use caution. 
Sikeston City's curfew will remain in effect until further notice.  This curfew is from 10PM to 6AM.  
Sikeston DPS will also be using their automated telephone system Tuesday night to put out this information.  The phone messages will begin around 6:00pm tonight.
The City of Sikeston realizes the difficulties everyone has faced during the last week.  We are asking everyone to be safe and be patient. 
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Sikeston Officials discussed today's threatening weather conditions in Tuesday's morning's Emergency Operational Command briefing.  Our area has received weather reports for today of a northwest wind in excess of 30 mph.  Winds of this speed have the potential to damage trees, especially those with broken limbs.  It is very possible these broken limbs may fall and further damage power lines, even those that have been recently repaired.  Area residents should prepare for additional power outages that may occur.
High winds make it very difficult for utility crews to make repairs at higher elevations.  This will no doubt slow BMU's efforts today, as they try to restore many of our downed power lines.  BMU's General Manager Ed Throop reminded everyone there are numerous downed lines throughout Sikeston.  Throop said everyone should consider a downed line to be energized.   If you see a downed line in Sikeston you should STAY AWAY and contact BMU at 573-471-3328.  Many of the downed lines that had no power a few days ago are now hot.  Please use caution and stay away from these lines. 
Because of the impending weather, the sheltered subjects at the Sikeston Field House will not be moved to Miner Baptist today.  There were concerns more subjects may lose power and this large facility may be needed.  As of last night there were 120 displaced subjects housed at the Field House. 
Sikeston Public Works would like to remind citizens TO NOT PUT ANY LIMBS IN THEIR BACK YARD NEAR THE ALLEYWAY.  Please deliver all limbs to the Sikeston Compost Site on Compress road between the hours of 7am and 4pm.  Again, our current resources are being used. It may be several weeks before the city will be able to collect any limbs at your home.  The city will NOT pick up any limbs from the rear of your residence.  When the city is able, they will collect limbs from the front of your home near the curb.  Do not put these limbs in the street.  
Further information will be release when it becomes available.  Please listen to City informational updates on Star 107.1 and B97.9.  Sikeston releases new information everyday at 10am and 5pm.  Withers Broadcasting is will be giving out this information twice and hour, at the top and at the half of the hour.

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Monday afternoon update 2/2: The Sikeston Emergency Operational Command held another briefing Monday afternoon to review progress.  BMU's Wayne McSpadden said they made more progress today.  McSpadden said they were able to restore power to the Murray Lane feeder.  This progression brought power to some more areas in the Southwestern part of Sikeston.  In addition, power was restored to some areas in the Southeastern part of town.  McSpadden told the EOC there were three electrical crews coming tomorrow to assist in repairing home services.  These crews are from the cities of Jackson, Rolla, and Monett, MO. 
There are several new updates listed below from the various members of the EOC.  Please pay special attention to this information as many services have been adjusted due to our city's situation.
Sikeston DPS:
Wither's Broadcasting Company is allowing DPS to do public service announcements at their station, located two blocks from Sikeston City Hall.   This will be a valuable source of information to the public during this recovery period.  Everyday, we will be doing two broadcasts at their radio station, at 10am and 5pm.  These updates can be heard on the FM band, frequencies 107.1 (Star 107.1) and 97.9 (B97.9).  Star 107.1 is currently operating normally, however B97.9 should be operational some time in the next 24 hours.
Chief Drew Juden would like to remind those traveling through Sikeston to treat every inoperable traffic light as a four way stop.  Most everyone has been following this instruction; however there have been some near accidents at some of these intersections.  In addition, motorists who see emergency or electrical crews working are asked to turn around and avoid the area.  Driving through these areas when crews are working could result in an accident, so please find another route. 
Sikeston Public Works and Sanitation:
Sonny's Solid Waste will be collecting trash again on Tuesday.  This is normally designated as an alley pickup day; however you MUST put your trash in front of your home near the curb if you wish your trash to be collected.  This is true even if your alleyway is clear of debris.  Tuesday, 02-03-09, Sonny's Solid Waste will put a dumpster for food or other perishable items at the Sikeston Compost Site on Compress Road.  Residents of Sikeston can bring these perishable items to the compost site beginning 8am Tuesday.  This dumpster will be used for perishable items only.  It is intended for city residents; commercial dumping will not be permitted.
Public Works Supervisor Steve Lee reminds citizens who can't deliver their brush to the compost site, to stack the limbs in front of their home near the curb.  Please do not put this brush in the street or alleyways. 

Red Cross Shelter and Warming Stations:

Tuesday, 02-02-09, beginning at 9am, everyone being sheltered at the Sikeston Field House will be moved to the Miner Baptist Church on H Highway, in Miner.  There are about 120 displaced residents that will make the move to Miner Baptist.  The Red Cross and Miner Baptist will work together to help those in need.  Anyone who requires shelter will have to be housed at Miner Baptist from this point forward.  In addition, meals and water will be provided to those who need it, regardless if they are staying at this shelter.

Sikeston Public Schools:

Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller is looking to open the Sikeston Public Schools later this week.  Mr. Borgsmiller said they will use their automated phone system to notify parents of the reopening.  Parents should receive a phone notification 24 to 36 hours prior to the schools reopening.
Missouri Delta Medical Center:
MDMC announced today that their Operating Facilities has returned to full service.  Previously, the "OR" was for emergency surgeries only.
In addition, several physician offices have been moved for the efficient operation of the hospital.  These include:
  • Dr. Colleen Hunter and Lisa Colwick - Moved to the Dialysis Center at 135 Plaza Drive, Suite 102.
  • Dr. Said, Dr. Uthoff and Dr. Forhman - All moved to the Cancer Infusion Center at 1126 N. Main.
This move is only temporary and they will return in the near future.  All phone numbers have been set to be forwarded to their new office locations.  They can be reached at their regular office phone number.

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Sikeston Emergency Operational Command held another briefing Monday morning.  In the meeting, Wayne McSpadden (BMU Operations Manager) stated the City of Sikeston was running a little above 40% on electrical power.  McSpadden added available residential power was a little lower, around 20%.  Currently, power outages are in various parts of the city and not a specific area of town.  He said they have experiences several gains and losses during this ordeal and they are continuing their efforts this week.
BMU again asks that if you have power to please conserve energy.  They are also asking you to turn you circuit breakers to the OFF position if your home is without power.  These two things can greatly affect their progress and they are asking for your help. 
Sikeston Public Works supervisor, Steve Lee, told the EOC that 95% of all the roads in Sikeston have been cleared.  Lee said they are expecting to finish clearing all of the city streets today.  Missouri's 1140th Army National Guard completed their health and welfare checks of Sikeston's residences yesterday.  All of the 1140th have left the city, with the exception of two crews who are continuing to assist the street department in debris removal. 
Steve Lee stated his crews have managing the city's compost site with minimal difficulty, even though they have received over 500 loads in the last two days.  Lee stated the hours of the compost site have now changed.  Until further notice, Sikeston Compost site on Compress Road will be open everyday from 7am to 4pm.  The city is encouraging anyone who is able to bring their limbs at the compost site themselves.  We have limited resources at this time and it may be several weeks before the city can begin collecting tree limbs.  With the amount of fallen limbs throughout the city, it could be a few months before Public Works gets to debris at your home.  Again, please do not place any limbs in the city's streets.
Please remember, city residents may burn anything that grows on their property.  However, limbs can be no larger than 2 inches in diameter and the fire must be attended at all times.  You must also have a water source and a yard tool (rake or shovel) nearby.  The city does not allow any hired services (tree trimming, etc) to burn on your property and burning isn't permitted when wind speed is over 10 mph.  Please keep this fire manageable, so that you can extinguish it with a garden hose if the need arises. 
Steve Borgsmiller, Superintendent for the Sikeston Public Schools, was also present during today's briefing.  Mr. Borgsmiller said power was restored to all of Sikeston's Schools with the exception of Lee Hunter and Southeast Elementary.  Although all of Sikeston Public Schools remain closed, talks are taking place on determining a date to reopen.  
In today's meeting, Sikeston Officials decided to continue the city's curfew, 10pm to 6am.  We realize this last week has been very difficult for our citizens.  We ask that those without power to please be patient.  We are doing everything we can to restore this power and help ease your situation.