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Wintry Weather Storms Through Springfield

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Wintry weather has caused several problems including power outages and slick roads for the city of Springfield. KSMU's Christy Hendricks reports.

With nearly five-thousand City Utilities customers out of power right now, crews have been working non-stop to restore power to Springfield since seven this morning.

Ernie DeCamp is the spokesperson for City Utilities.

He's been at the outage control center at CU.

DeCamp says those without power should check the entry point where electrical wiring goes into their home and call an electrician if it is damaged.

DeCamp says the power outage may span a few days because another storm system will be making its way through the Ozarks.

Louise Whall is the public information officer for the City of Springfield.

She says a warming shelter has been set up at the Salvation Army on 1707 West Chestnut.

Whall says Springfield's Public Works Department pretreated treated the snow routes and some secondary routes, but deteriorating weather has cause the roads to become slick.

She says crews will be working 24 hours a day to keep the roads clear.

Louise Whall says Public Works crews have been removing tree debris from city streets as well.

Whall says those without power should go to a relative's or friend's house and should.

Out at the Springfield-Branson National Airport the weather is delaying flights.

Kent Boyd is the spokesman for the airport.

Boyd says those with flights at the airport should call the airline to check on cancellations.

To report a power outage call City Utilities at 863-9000.

For highway conditions call 1-800-ASK-MODOT (1-800-275-6636).