Hillsboro, IL Hit With 16.7 Inches Of Snow

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HILLSBORO, IL (KTVI)-- The further north you go, the higher the snow totals from our Springtime snow storm.

Hillsboro, IL, a town of about 4,200, was probably "tops" in the St. Louis area. The official reading there was 16.7 inches.

There was no serious damage. But there was the problem of where to go with all of the plowed snow.

It was more snow at one time than Hillsboro`s 80 year old mayor, John Downs, could ever remember; enough inches here to bury bushes that would typically stand 3-4 feet high; enough inches to lose a 15 inch ruler in the high spots; enough inches to build an igloo.
There was one across from the junior high school that looked big enough for 2 bedrooms.
"I heard some (people had) 14 and a half (inches).  I heard a 16 this afternoon.  I do know I took the yard stick this morning and went out in the back.  I had a strong 14 inches on the yard stick.  That`s about enough.  That`s about enough!" Mayor John Downs laughed.

Moving tons of snow was tons of work.

Most streets had been cleared.  Sidewalks were still works in progress, Monday.
The snow-covered parking lots seem endless.

Yesterday I started (plowing) at 3 in the afternoon.  I decided to call in quits at 7, 7 in the morning,' said snow plow driver, Jacob Fenton, of Fenton Lawn and Landscaping.

If history holds true, Meghan Lehnen, 4, who was sledding behind the high school, might not see sledding this good until she`s her mother`s age.

"I wouldn`t change it. Yeah, I`m ready for spring, but hey it`s the first time we`ve had snow like this in a long time," said her mother, Kirstin Fenton.

The mayor said city workers would bring out loaders and dump trucks Tuesday morning to start moving all of the piles of plowed snow and take the snow to Central Park near the swimming pool and let it melt there.

He said the water would drain right into a nearby creek.

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