Second wave of snow hits area
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Imperial residents had barely gotten over the New Years weekend snowstorm when another storm hit last weekend.
Six and a half inches of snow was recorded Sunday, and added to what was already there, about seven inches was on the ground in some areas.
The first major snowstorm of the new year cancelled Chase County Schools’ classes Monday, along with most schools and some colleges in the rest of the state.
Coupled with the snow have been frigid temperatures this week throughout the state. A low of -19 degrees overnight Monday in Imperial and a -18 reading overnight Tuesday were both colder temperatures than any recorded all of last year.
Imperial Public Works Supt. Pat Davison was in Lincoln Tuesday for a utility conference and was enroute home Wednesday morning.
He was aware of the electrical outage that affected all of Imperial early Wednesday morning.
He said, for unknown reasons yet, a breaker at the Athey Substation southwest of Imperial opened, which cut power to the entire city for a couple of hours shortly after 1 a.m.
To compensate, the city was being served by its secondary electrical feed through Highline Electric, and will continue to be until the breaker situation is resolved.
City snow plows were out early Monday about 4 a.m. to begin work, Davison said.
Streets on the snow removal priority lists were cleared by mid-morning.
The crews were back out Tuesday to work on Broadway, and started sanding area streets about 6 a.m., Davison said.