The evening of November 30, 2006 the entire St. Louis region was hit by an ice storm which brought down power lines and trees which had a many people waking up on December 1, in dark, very cold homes. This came after a week of fairly warm days and was the second major regional storm that year. The first came in July during a particularly nasty hot and humid spell of weather. As in December, that storm saw people without power for almost a week.
Early in the evening of November 30, I went out in the icy sleet to see what things looked like. We had just put out our blue and white trees and things seemed fairly pretty and benign but it was all just appearance, the ground was a slippery as could be.
This picture brings back memories of our first attempt at decorating our campus yard. We began with just the trees and now we have an entire village we call Tiny Town. I'll put up a few pictures of tiny town in a day or two.
Then we woke up on December 1, freezing without power. It was a shocker having to go through this for the second time in 5 months. The campus workers, students and staff did everything they could to get people to warm places. The dining hall building had power for some reason and we were able to get most everyone in there. Others stayed outside working to remove big fallen limbs and trees.
It had its pretty moments, but the 20 degree temperatures were painful.
Here are some of our students and staff who were taking a break from working out in the slippery cold.
Of all the people in that picture, only Gayle is still here. The men staff have retired and the students have long graduated.
Then if you were in Collinsville, it was just as bad. The library's Blum House front yard was pretty much destroyed.
What an incredibly difficult year that was.