Winter storms — Residents consider preparing for future
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Feb 02, 2014 | 1181 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A GREAT WAY for kids (and adults) to enjoy a snow day is to get outside and build a snowman. This fellow was smiling and waving at those driving along Smith Drive. Banner photo, HOWARD PIERCE
A GREAT WAY for kids (and adults) to enjoy a snow day is to get outside and build a snowman. This fellow was smiling and waving at those driving along Smith Drive. Banner photo, HOWARD PIERCE
Winter Storm Maximus is on the move in the U.S., but it’s not expected to affect Bradley County.

That is a good thing, but is another potential, threatening wintry storm building that could trick forecasters again?

The answers are unknown, but area meteorologists are not agreeing or disagreeing with the forecast models, which are indicating another crippling event within the next two weeks.

So, how did this week’s snowy event affect Banner readers and other area residents?

For now the warm-up continues with rain chances in the immediate forecast.

“We have already decided to prepare kits to go in our vehicles with items in case we are stranded,” said Robin Davis of Cleveland Pediatrics. “In addition, we are stocking our home with more wood for fireplace, ice melt and other supplies in case of power failure. I will make a decision earlier to close our office and get staff home. I've already made arrangements for someone to clear our office parking lot, and I am purchasing more ice melt for my office, if I can find it.”

Amy Wilkins concurred with Davis, and also is planning to add a propane heat source for backup heating purposes.

Banner carrier Jennifer Price said she would schedule a vacation.

Price was apologetic to her Banner customers due to the fact delivery was delayed by Tuesday’s snowfall.

Janet Keith said she stayed prepared, making sure prescriptions were filled and her pantry stocked with such items as bottled water and yeast to make fresh bread, if needed.

The only thing she would add to her preparedness list would be charcoal for her grill.

Of course, having enough milk and bread were a big item on the preparedness list.

“I think a snow event like this would force people to slow down. Shame it takes something like this for us to think of others,” said Kristina Morgan.

Neighbors helped neighbors as cars slid off roadways and others just spun their tires in place.

Heat pumps could barely keep up with the below-freezing temperatures.

According to Chip Bryant of Healthy Home Heating and Air, he has been busy working on heating units all over Bradley County.

Stan Clark of Bradley County Emergency Medical Service said he is stocking up on firewood and contemplating a generator purchase.

“If we get a significant amount of snow like the models are showing, things will be shut down for a while,” Clark said.

Christie Odom said she was thinking about going to Clark’s house.

Colleen McDonald said keeping her fire going helped supplement the family’s heat pump.

A power failure was experienced Thursday morning.

“It was all good, because we prepared ahead of time,” McDonald said.

William Lamb of Lee University had some good advice.

“Be flexible. Go with the flow. Be patient. This won’t last forever. Helping others is a good practice, even when the weather isn't the reason people need help. Preferring others’ needs over one’s preferences is a good thing,” Lamb said.

Former News Channel 9 television anchor and reporter John Pless echoed many of the respondents.

“Getting in and out of my neighborhood was a big thing,” Pless said.

Banner photographer Howard Pierce said he experienced the same problem and then, of course, there were the frozen water lines and days stuck inside, bringing on cabin fever.

Kathleen McAndrew’s pipes finally thawed after three days of sub-freezing temperatures.

Jason Owens of Rick Owens Plumbing was one of the plumbers out in the frigid temperatures working to restore water to homes.

“A bunch of busted pipes. We are trying to catch up from Monday’s deep freeze. I've had people until today that didn't have water since Monday ... Now the storm’s freeze is producing more.” exclaimed Owens.

For those who couldn’t miss work, it was a challenge for those who don’t have to leave home for work they attempted to find excuses to take a break.

“Looking for an excuse not to go to work when your office is in your home — Actually it was beautiful being inside our office, watching the snow and the birds in a feeding frenzy,” said Joyce Vanderpool.

“Childcare issues were evident for many. Kids not in school, day cares closed, but parents still required to be at work,” said Melissa Locke-Kaylor.

That put a hardship on many residents with school-age children.

Her offices were dismissed Tuesday morning, then, water lines reportedly froze and caused additional issues later in the week.

A number of Facebook responders had to cancel doctor’s appointments.

Buddy Lillard said he had no problems in his Jeep, but did comment about other drivers who couldn’t travel as well in the ice and snow.

Deborah Crittenden was one of those who had to make other doctor’s arrangements. She also said she was going to do a little more shopping.

“We try to keep a few extra things in the freezer and pantry, but we were caught without a few staples. I will make sure we have some extra staple items and ice melt/kitty litter for the walkways. We have alternate heat and cooking sources,” she said.

Whether Bradley County residents get another experience or not, this past week has been an eye-opening experience. Though not as dramatic as 1993’s “Storm of the Century,” Winter Storm Leon did leave his mark on many area residents.