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January 26, 2008

Public servants recall battle with blizzard of ’78

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Don Mills, a retired officer of the Kokomo Police Department, was working patrol that evening.

“I was sitting down at Markland Avenue and Washington Street at the gas station lot watching it snow and watching it get deep. That was incredible. I saw some old pictures of the blizzard the other day. I remember the next few days after that picking up a lot of nurses and taking them to work. We had either Plymouths or Dodges back then that went through the snow pretty well.”

Mike Fletcher may be reached at (765) 454-8565 or via e-mail at mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com



For the record:

The blizzard of 1978, spanning from Jan. 25 to 27, which virtually shut down the city and county and closed schools and businesses, was labeled as the worst blizzard on record. The snow began falling late on Jan. 25 and continued until early Jan. 27.

Winds gusted to 50 mph late on Jan. 25 and wind gusts of 55 mph occurred on the 26th. Visibility dropped to near zero and 10- to 20-foot snow drifts closed roads and stranded motorists.

Wind chill temperatures dropped to near 50 below zero. Maximum snowfall from the storm reached 20 inches over of central and southern Indiana and up to 40 inches in the northern part of the state. The weight of the snow caused several factory and warehouse roofs to collapse.

A federal state of emergency was declared.

Source: The National Weather Service

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