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First major winter storm hit bootheel

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The first major winter storm of the season hit the Bootheel closing schools and cancelling or postponing planned Christmas events for Dec. 6 and 7. Estimates of a quarter to half inch of ice and a coating of snow shut down schools across Pemiscot County Friday and Christmas parades at Hayti and Caruthersville were cancelled or postponed. The Santa Paws Craft fair sponsored by CHS-PAWS was also postponed.

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Most roads were ice covered and dangerous in the county and scattered power outages were reported in the Deering and Wardell area, but most residents had power restored within hours. Emergency officials are still asking residents to stay off of the roads unless travel is necessary. Area stores had a run on items such as milk, bread, batteries, kerosene, and flashlights as residents prepared.

The Hayti Chamber of Commerce has announced that their Christmas parade scheduled for Dec. 7 has been postponed until Dec 14 at 10 a.m. The Caruthersville Christmas parade scheduled for Dec. 7 has been cancelled and officials are looking at alternate dates.

The Caruthersville Kiwanis Club annual Chili day has been rescheduled for Dec. 14 at from 10 – 1:30 at the Eastwood United Methodist Church Dorroh Hall. The Hayti Fire Department Rib supper is still scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Hayti School Cafeteria.

CHS-PAWS manager Erma Page says that the Santa Paws Craft Fair has been rescheduled for Dec. 14 at the Lady Luck Casino Expo Center. “We have notified vendors and are still allowing vendors to sign up,” Page said, “Santa Claus will be there for pictures with your furbabies or children. This is an important fundraiser for us and we are grateful the Casino allowed us to reschedule.”

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing and area residents are watching for the possibility of more precipitation in the next 48 but the chances have been diminishing. With temperatures below freezing, roads will be slow to clear especially in outlying areas. Before planning travel, residents are urged to check road conditions. Area officials ask that residents check on home bound neighbors and the elderly and CHS-PAWS reminds owners of outdoor pets to provide adequate shelter and fresh water.

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