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By Russ Green/Richmond News
Ray County residents, for the most part, paid attention to the warnings and stayed home during Tuesday’s winter storm that dumped 10 to 12 inches of snow on the area before ending early Wednesday morning.
The winter storm caused numerous closings across the area, including all Ray County school districts cancelling since Tuesday.
County officials said the situation could have been worse, but thanks to the public’s cooperation the digging out process has gone smoothly.
Warnings were issued concerning the approaching system as early as Saturday, and by the time the snow began early Tuesday morning most citizens had prepared and were at home at the height of the storm.
Richmond Police Chief Chad Burnine reported very little activity. The department had no crash reports and no major calls for service Monday night through Tuesday.
“I think everyone took note of the warnings and stayed home,” he said.
Ray County undersheriff Col. Brian Bush also reported very little activity countywide.
“We haven’t had nearly as many accidents as we thought we were going to,” he said.
The weather has also forced the closing of the Ray County Senior Center and Ideal Industries since Tuesday and resulted in the cancelation of home-delivered meals. Janine Clampit, director of Direct Transit in Richmond, said she had just one driver working on Tuesday and two on Wednesday, which resulted in limited runs for the busses.