The Vinton County Courthouse square and the downtown area in McArthur was cleared of snow in the aftermath of a big winter storm. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)
The Vinton County Courthouse square and the downtown area in McArthur was cleared of snow in the aftermath of a big winter storm. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)

The winter storm rocking McArthur and the rest of Vinton County last Sunday night and early Monday morning, Jan. 16 and 17, made traveling difficult, but the overall response from village personnel was good, according to McArthur Mayor Steve Hammond.  The storm contained a mix of snow and freezing rain and dumped about six inches of snow on the ground.                                    

Hammond told The Telegram the village was hard hit and there were a few problems along the way such as a broken water line that was later fixed. He also stated the village street crews worked as quickly as possible to open the side streets and keep everything going.

The Vinton County Local Schools were also busy keeping their properties up as Maintenance Supervisor John Zinn and his crews were out working after the storm. The schools were closed Monday because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and remained closed Tuesday. Many side roads in the county remined slick on Tuesday. The Vinton County High School Athletic Department had to postpone and reschedule games, a task that becomes more challenging as the end of the regular season is in sight.

Many of the respective businesses were also on cleanup detail as parking lots were being cleared of snow. The area around the Vinton County Courthouse was cleared by county personnel.

The storm was the first major one of the 2021-2022 winter season and Mayor Hammond wanted to thank everyone for their work and cooperation during the weekend.