Ice Storm Damage May Reach Millions in Costs

JANUARY 23, 2007 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Officials say it is too early to put a price tag on the ice storm that hit southwest Missouri more than a week ago, but it could be several million dollars.

For the Springfield area alone, Greene County Presiding Commissioner David Coonrod says he is hearing early estimates of up to $25 million in damage and recovery costs.

But Coonrod stresses that is only speculation as officials continue with storm recovery.

Missouri cattlemen say damage to fences, ranches and livestock may be the worst on record from a storm.

Brent Bryant of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association says thousands of miles of fence were destroyed by ice and falling trees.

He says a quarter-mile of five-strand barbed wire cattle fence costs about $3,000 to build.

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