March 07, 2012 | 07:50 AMAll that rain, sleet, snow and ice Friday afternoon was a factor in the only injury-related traffic accident reported during the severe weather event in Bloomfield or Genoa City.
On Monday, Bloomfield Police Chief Steve Cole said a 5-year-old boy was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries after a 2005 Chrysler 300 Touring struck a tree Friday at 2:20 p.m. near Hafs Road east of Daisy Drive.
Although the weather was a factor in the crash, Cole said the driver — a 19-year-old Linn Township woman — was cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed.
According to Cole, the vehicle was rendered inoperable and towed from the scene.
That was the only injury-related accident in the town and village of Bloomfield.
Cole said his officers dealt with several runoff calls, most of which occurred on Highway 12.
He said the calls began at 4:16 p.m.
"We had a property damage only accident on Bloomfield Road with no injuries," Cole said. "A car hit a tree."
He said there also was a tree fire on Chicago Drive.
An electrical line sparked, ignited the tree, and police stood by while the Bloomfield-Genoa City Fire Department extinguished it.
There also were five calls in Bloomfield for either trees, lines or wires down, according to Cole.
Although there were some limbs down at a home that's for sale at the corner of Pell Lake and Daisy drives, he said no damage was reported to that residence.
Cole also said at 6:15 p.m., there was a downed tree reported on Thunderbird Road.
But he said overall, Friday's severe weather appeared to hit harder in other area communities.
"I think we did much better here than other (areas)," he said. "We were pretty fortunate. Hopefully, that (Friday's snowfall) was the last hurrah for this season."
A peaceful Genoa City
To the south, it wouldn't be far from the truth to say the weather had hardly any effect on the lives of those behind the wheel or behind the police chief's desk.
As the weather created havoc for area police departments and motorists, Genoa City Police Chief Ralph "Homer" Bauman said there were no emergencies whatsoever in his village.
"I'm not sure, but maybe it's because most of the village sits in a little valley," Bauman said, explaining that the village is flanked by two hills — one near Highway 12, the other on Highway B.
"Maybe that's why we didn't get the winds quite as bad," he said.
According to Bauman, there was a call in which a pregnant woman asked police to allow her to park her vehicle on the street overnight.
Her husband was out of town that evening. However, the weather was such that plows were needed to clear the streets.
As a compromise, the officer on duty, Mike Lauderdale, shoveled her driveway so she could park off the street.
"He did that so we could satisfy both the plow (drivers) and the citizen, and I think that was a damn nice thing for Mike to do," Bauman said.
He also said two other reasons there were no weather-related traffic emergencies in Genoa City is the average village speed limit is 25 mph, except for in the outlying regions bordering Bloomfield, and he praised the village's Public Works Department.
"Our crews really do a good job on the snow, they really do. Ö You can always get to where you need to go," Bauman said.