ICY CONDITIONS: Dozens Injured Slipping On Ice
An ice storm beginning Thursday evening and lingering into early Friday morning is proof that it doesn’t take a foot of snow or an inch of ice to cause big problems.
Violet Scott, a 27 year old Des Moines resident was just walking on to her deck when she went down.
“Everything just looked wet. I went to take a step and down I went,” said Scott.
Her fall landed her in the emergency room at Iowa Lutheran Hospital with injuries to her lower back.
Scott wasn’t alone.
Between Iowa Lutheran, Mercy, and Broadlawns, more than sixty people visited the emergency room after slipping and falling on the ice.
Scott’s physician, Dr. Clint Hawthorne says he knew it was going to be a busy morning when he could barely get up his own driveway.
“When you come to work on a day like this, you expect lots of falls, sprains, also fractures,” said Dr. Hawthorne.
Many of the patients Dr. Hawthorne saw were in and out.
Down the street at Scotty’s Body Shop, technicians are still trying to clear out cars from winter weather more than a week ago.
“Today, I’m planning on delivering seven vehicles so I can make seven parking spots in the lot,” said Curtis Mayfield, a manager at Scotty’s Body Shop.
Badly damaged vehicles are brought straight to the shop.
Mayfield doesn’t anticipate seeing any fender benders until next week.
“A lot of people will take the week to sort things out with their insurance man,” Mayfield told Channel 13 News.
That means the phones will be busy and his shop full of cars after Christmas.
The ice also kept the Des Moines Fire Department busy.
Fire fighters responded to 14 calls after people were injured from slipping and falling.
While there has been several injuries, no fatalities have been reported as a result of the storm.