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Storm Shutting Down Services

***UPDATE 10:44 AM.***City of Fulton has canceled its council meeting tonight.***UPDATE 9:50 A.M.***Fire crews in the Columbia/Boone County area are reporting steady call volume. They are using a number of 4-wheel drive vehicles to assist with responses.Hospitals in the area have staffed six additional ambulances, stationing them around Boone County for emergencies.***UPDATE 9:16 A.M.***American Airlines is canceling all flights out of Columbia Regional Airport today. The Frontier flight to Orlando is still scheduled.***UPDATE 9:09 A.M.***Jefferson City buses are running on main routes only. The Handi-Wheels program is not operating. Due to limited downtown parking, the city will not be enforcing parking meters.***UPDATE 6:36 A.M.***The winter storm is shutting down government offices and services all over Mid-Missouri. Boone County announced government offices would be closed Tuesday as well as the Boone County Courthouse. Columbia shut down its services last night and delayed trash pick up by a day for the rest of the week.In Jefferson City, trash pick up has been delayed by a day for the rest of the week.Ashland City Hall is closed.***ORIGINAL STORY*** The city of Columbia will be closed Tuesday because of the impending winter storm, and city leaders are urging people to stay home and off the streets.Offices and non-essential services will be closed or not operate until Wednesday. Trash pickup has been canceled for Tuesday and will be postponed one day for the rest of the week. Buses will not run any routes Tuesday, either.Public Works department spokesman Steve Sapp told ABC 17 News Monday that crews were still running continuously since Thursday, with workers operating 12 hours on then 12 hours off. Full crews of 40 units were running overnight and into Tuesday, when extra help from the city’s Parks and Recreation, Water and Light, and Sewer division would join. Extra equipment like plows and front-end loaders for intersections were also being brought in Monday night.Sapp said Public Works and the Columbia police department would again be towing abandoned cars on major roads across town, which caused serious backups and delays during last week’s storm. This time, though, Sapp said the grace period would be much short, cars would be towed as soon as possible to allow plows and emergency services quicker access.

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