The Ottumwa Courier

Blizzard of 2011

February 3, 2011

Southeast Iowa reactions to the storm

OTTUMWA — We asked area residents to send in what they think they will remember about the Blizzard of 2011. Here are their comments:

I spent the blizzard shoveling out my grandma's driveway with the shovel and the snowblower that dies out all the time. I also spent the day putting salt on grandma's driveway. I think this is the winter I will remember where the snow in the drive came almost to my waist line.

— Josh Bethune, Ottumwa

We spent the blizzard staying in. We watched movies and cartoons with the kids and kept warm. The next morning my husband spent 4 hours trying to shovel, and get the vehicles ready. Thanks to a good samaritan, our road was plowed six hours before the city trucks made their appearance. I would have liked to let the kids play in the snow, but the temps were too low.

— Brandi Benedict, Ottumwa

I baked cherry turnovers, cleaned a little, did some laundry, checked on family and friends, read C.S. Lewis and played on the computer!

— Deborah Dyer, Galesburg, Ill (formerly of Ottumwa)

Had to dig from the inside of the house to get outside, couldn't open front door. Husband was stranded at work until someone could get there to take his place so I started digging us out was. started at six and was still digging us out when he pulled up. Finished digging out the driveway and then had to dig his car out because he got stuck in the street. Took us about five hours to dig out the front and the back. What I will remember is the snow drifts in our yard.

— Ruth Richards, Ottumwa

I played princess dress-up, 4 year old make-up party, cooked chili, played wii, and snuggled around the house with my little girls. It took me 2 hours to shovel my walk way, side walk and dig my car out. :) I don't mind being snowed in for a day or two.

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Blizzard of 2011
  • Facebook 3.jpg Southeast Iowa reactions to the storm

    We asked area residents to send in what they think they will remember about the Blizzard of 2011. Here are their comments.

    February 3, 2011 12 Photos

  • Stuck in snow Free snow; you haul

    Citizens are maintaining good cheer and their sense of humor during the blizzard cleanup.

    February 4, 2011 2 Photos

  • Good neighbors Southeast Iowa digs out

    Good neighbors helped clear Ottumwa sidewalks after Tuesday and Wednesday's blizzard dumped about 10.5 inches around town.

    February 3, 2011 1 Photo

  • Information Officer City’s snow crews focus on recovery

    Schools, some businesses and many roads remained closed Wednesday as road crews continued to dig Ottumwa and southeast Iowa out from 12-straight hours of blizzard conditions.

    February 3, 2011 1 Photo

  • ‘How are the roads?’

    One of the top winter weather questions has a mixed answer for Ottumwa.

    February 3, 2011

  • Winter storm crash Blizzard blankets heartland

    Forecasters say blizzard conditions overnight mean snow totals between 13-21 inches for the Ottumwa area by this morning, so officials recommend drivers go slow today and, if possible, avoid driving completely.

    February 2, 2011 1 Photo

  • Downtown empty Businesses struggle against storm’s wrath

    Some businesses make sure they stay open because bad weather is when their customers need them most.

    February 2, 2011 1 Photo

  • Downtown drivers.tif Southeast Iowa slammed by storm

    A huge storm blanketing almost a third of the country has southeast Iowa squarely in its sights. Story includes two reader-submitted photos.

    February 1, 2011 3 Photos

  • Busy gas station Monster winter storm on its way

    Two round of ice and snow are predicted to slam southeast Iowa and much of the Midwest this week. The combination of heavy snow and winds of 25-30 mph will have major impacts.

    February 1, 2011 1 Photo

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