By Correne Martin
A storm of freezing rain and ice-glazed roadways immobilized and endangered residents across the tri-states Monday and Tuesday. Schools and businesses closed, dozens of cars slid off roads, people fell while trying to walk and emergency vehicles had trouble navigating. In Clayton and Grant Counties, snow plows slid off and rolled over, respectively. A milk truck was also reported off the road in Clayton County and, near Winona, Minn., fire trucks were said to be stuck on a hill, according to the National Weather Service of La Crosse. No serious injuries were reported.
Crawford County plow drivers spent 16 to 17 hours in their trucks Monday and more than 12 hours Tuesday, when, at least they didn’t have to work through their lunches. According to Crawford County Patrol Superintendent Todd Myers, all hands were on deck over the course of the two days. Even the county’s custodian was in a plow, treating the roads.