STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (KSDK) – Some areas are bracing for more snow Monday night as they continue clean up from last week's winter blast. One of those spots is Ste. Genevieve. And the weather has already taken its toll on the town's snow plows.
The town owns three plows. Two of them have been in the shop since Friday. Ste. Genevieve received a couple of inches of ice, and as many as 10 inches of snow, and it turned out to be too much for the equipment.
The Ste. Genevieve School District canceled class Monday, mostly because of snow-packed county roads. But, the superintendent says slushy city streets also played a factor.
"We have 100 to 200 16, 17, 18-year-olds who are driving their own vehicles. And for me that's as much of a part of the decision as the buses themselves," said Superintendent Shelley Jokerst.
The city's main thoroughfares are clear. And it says it's working hard to get all of the streets plowed. But for the past few days, crews have only been able to use one of the town's plows. The other two had to come out of the rotation after hours of heavy lifting Thursday and Friday.
"We always prepare the equipment for winter weather. But you don't really know how it's going to perform until you get there," said Ste. Genevieve City Administrator Martin Toma.
And last week's storm came on strong, not letting up much, until Friday night. The fact that it started as ice also made the road conditions worse.
"It was a combination of things that was problematic. And we did the best that we could with what was available to us," said Toma.
The plows were expected to be back up and running by the end of the day Monday