St. Francisville residents make do during Mother Nature's tirade

St. Francisville residents make do during Mother Nature's tirade
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POSTED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 9:49am

Much like the many tourists who make their way north from Baton Rouge, the worst of Tuesday's winter storm visited St. Francisville. But the town had few of the problems that appeared statewide during the ice storm a few days prior.

The quiet town was even quieter than usual Tuesday, as nearly every business kept its doors closed and few residents ventured outside.

"It's snowing and rolling, but I decided I'd open it up in case somebody needed something," said Larry Rider of Plantation Feed and Supply. "Some kind of pet supply, or feed for the critters out there in the cold."

Plantation Feed and Supply was the only store in St. Francisville to open. Rider said he had several customers in the morning, but by lunchtime, they had all returned home.

St. Francisville police chief Scott Ford was glad his message to the town appeared to be heard.

"We've put out a couple of all-calls," he stated. "Everybody's staying inside. It's going pretty well so far."

West Feliciana Parish sheriff's deputies were stationed along Highway 61, especially by the Thompson Creek bridge, to make sure drivers were aware of the ice on the road. An electronic sign asked drivers to cross the bridge at 10 miles per hour, and most complied. Chief Ford said last week's storm showed drivers how dangerous the ice can be.

"With both events being so close together, it's probably helped motorists," he mentioned.

There was more traffic in families' back yards than on the streets. With school canceled and nowhere to go, kids found their own fun.

"The snow's not sticky enough to make snowballs and all that," Miranda Albarez explained, but we live on a giant hill, so sledding's pretty fun."

Most schools and stores will be closed again on Wednesday. Rider said Plantation Feed and Supply would once again open its doors to any pet owner in need.

"Oh yeah, we'll be here (today)," he stated. "Same time, same station."

The sleet and rain are done, but the problems on the roads are not. Chief Ford believes the ice will be worse today than it was Tuesday.

"And I expect that, as traffic lessens, it'll accumulate a little bit more, so everybody should be cautious," he warned.

After spending the day outside with her friends, Albarez said she would need a change of scenery and temperature on Wednesday. She said she planned, "to sit inside and watch Netflix."

"Just get warm," agreed her friend, Caroline Smith.

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