MoDOT thanks those who restored power

Friday, February 2, 2007

Dear Editor:

In looking back over the recent winter storm, my memories are a jumble of weather radar images, radio broadcasts with our field crews and reassuring words of our customer service teams when talking to area residents.

Our Southwest District experienced winter weather unlike anything in the past 20 years. The devastating freezing rain caused families to be separated from other family members, their homes, neigh-bors, schools and communities. Heavy doses of snow, sleet and bitterly cold temperatures left us all weary of winter and ready for the milder spring season ahead.

It would be a gross oversight if I didn't take the opportunity to thank our area law enforcement, public utilities, highway patrol, as well as city and road districts. All of these entities were invaluable to those of us at MoDOT as they shared informa-tion and provided assistance. Their efforts and cooperation made an incredibly tough situation better.

I don't have the words to adequately express my admira-tion and appreciation for the men and women at MoDOT who worked day and night to clear our state roads. Thank you to those of you who expressed your appreciation to us for their hard work. Thank you as well to those who called and e-mailed with concerns and questions about how we prioritize and treat roads for snow and ice.

Remember, our customer service center is open when our crews are out and road conditions are continuously updated at Again, a special thanks is extended to everyone who helped with power restoration in southwest Missouri. We all have a renewed appreciation for the human comforts electricity allows us to experience.


Becky Baltz

MoDOT Southwest District

District Engineer

Joplin, Missouri