Winter Storm Rocky may be out of the area, but it has caused a lot of havoc in Sedalia. The Central Missouri Coop had over 3,000 customers without power.  KCP&L had about 700 customers without power in Pettis County and thousands more across the region. The Missouri Department of Transportation has not had very much downtime since Winter Storm Q from last week, and they continue to try and keep Highways 13, 50, 65 and 70 open as best they can.

A lot of people have tried to make comparisons between these two storms and the 20 inches of snow we got a couple of years ago. I for one don't recall many people losing power during that storm. In talking with Sedalia/Pettis County EMA Director, David Clippert, he too said the same thing.

One thing I have loved hearing in the last week is that neighbors are helping neighbors. On my street alone, we had a gentleman keep a tractor in his yard after last week's storm and he blazed a trail down the street to where the emergency route starts. We had a lot of trees down in our area and it was nice to see neighbors pulling tree limbs out of the street together, out of yards and even sawing them up. There was one man on my street that pulled cars out of snow drifts and didn't even charge for it. There was another that helped with shoveling people's driveways.

I'm sure there are many other stories to share, but thought this week is a classic example of why I like living in the Heartland. There are a lot places that it seems have lost sight of neighbor helping neighbor, but not here.

As a personal note to the road crews and utility crews, I know that it may take a while to get everything restored back to normal, but we are thankful for what you do.