There is one bit of good news in the midst of the bitter cold that has settled into the area, especially if you have trouble paying your heating bill.

There’s a law in the state of Missouri known as the Cold Weather Rule. It prohibits utility companies from shutting off service to customers when the temperature stays below freezing for an extended period of time.

But, according to NECAC’s Brent Engle, you still have to make an effort to pay your bill. And, if you get a disconnection notice, you can apply for help through the Energy Crisis Intervention Program.

Engle points out that the Cold Weather Rule does not apply to city owned utilities, such as Hannibal and Macon.

Forecasters say the next time the thermometer will top the freezing mark is January 6th.