January 16, 2017
Upon waking up Monday morning, western Iowans were greeted with hazardous, icy conditions for the second time in as many weeks.
Winter Storm Jupiter hit the Carroll area around 9 p.m. Sunday and has blanketed the area with a sheet of ice between a quarter- and half-inch thick. All area schools cancelled classes for Monday. There’s also a reasonable chance for school closures on Tuesday if the rain and sleet continue overnight.
The weather is expected to begin clearing on Tuesday.
As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, no power outages in or around Carroll have been reported by MidAmerican Energy, but areas near Des Moines and Omaha were experiencing power loss.
Randy Krauel, Carroll Public Works director, says road crews were prepared and have been working around the clock since Sunday night to keep roads as clear as possible.
“We were aware that something was coming,” Krauel said. “At the end of last week we went ahead and put salt brine on the priority streets and downtown.”
Krauel said crews were out sanding when precipitation began Sunday night.
“It warmed up a bit during the night, so they plowed off what fell,” he said. “Crews worked all night, and they intend to go all night again tonight. We’re working 12-hour shifts right now.”
Krauel also warned against unnecessary or frivolous travel.
“I would reiterate what everyone is saying. If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out,” he said. “The streets are reasonable, but parking lots and sidewalks are extremely slick right now.”
Karent Timm, vice president of patient services at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, supports Krauel’s point by saying the hospital has seen an influx of slip-and-fall injuries since the first ice storm last Tuesday.
“We’ve seen more patients through our emergency room,” she said. “We’re very prepared when we know the weather will be like this. Our staff stay overnight or sleep here during the day so we know they can make it in — plus we always have our managers available for additional backup.”
Timm doesn’t know exactly how many patients have been in because of falls on the ice, but does have advice for anyone who does take a spill.
“If you don’t know for sure whether to come to the emergency room for sure, call your doctor,” she said. “If (the doctor is) not available call us, and we’d be happy to help.”
Anyone seeking advice from staff at St. Anthony Regional Hospital can call (712) 792-3581.