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Blizzard of 2011

February 3, 2011

Southeast Iowa reactions to the storm



— Missy Thomason, Ottumwa

My son [took] my parents' snow blower all the way from Clem Street up Benton and to our place on Frank Street and about half way up Frank street. He and a neighbor boy also helped several people who got their cars stuck off and on all day.

My crazy puppy went crazy playing in the snow late Tuesday night ... She didn't even care that it came up to her back!

— Jamie Morford Buseman, Ottumwa

We live west of Eldon. Our nephew cleared a path with a skid loader yesterday afternoon so they could get out this morning and go to work. Then this morning the County finally were able to come through with a pickup and blade. No mail or courier since Tuesday.

— Janice Elder Albert, Eldon

Day started (Wed.) with a four foot drift in front of door and the door refused to open more than four inches. Dog looked out and refused to exit. Dachshunds are not particular fond of snow at least ours isn't. He elected to wait inside until the landlords came along and shoveled us out.Thank heavens for wonderful landlords, Beth and Allen Ware. Our funance supplied great heat throughout the storm but the toliet refused to work and in the mist of things it had to be replaced again, we thank those good landlords.

— Marlyn Robinson, Ottumwa


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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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