One of the worst sections of road I have EVER driven on in a snow
storm - and I've driven in a LOT of bad winter weather.
The sun can be shining 20 feet above ground and you can be in a
blinding blizzard at ground level, up to your armpits in heavy snow.
On Dec 14, 1:18 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
They brought in the military...(BOTH helicopters <WEG>). They are
airlifting older, gass-less people who did not find shelter in sleeper-
cab trucks..people from all over are snowmobiling gas and food... what
a frikkin mess.
Now comes the real crazyness.. abandoned cars blocking the roads all
over the place and, I'm sure, they'll find some of those owners in
farmers' fields. From the air it looks like 9/11 in reverse.. no
traffic into Canada here this time.
LOL.. one local DJ was yakking his fool head off about Sarnia even
being mentioned on CNN!!
Y'all made the Weather Channel with some shots from them helos.
We had an inch or two, can not really tell how much as is blew
sideways during and after the snow. It was 4.1 f this morning and
freezing rain for tomorrow afternoon.
Layed in 100 LBS of salt as we have a nice long (uphill) driveway.
That's scary stuff, Toy. I hope everyone makes it out safely.
Saaaay, isn't that area inside the lovely, warm, Banana Belt you were
telling us about?
Know how to listen, and you will
profit even from those who talk badly.
Looks like a real serious situation. I hope nobody died. If the tank was
low or they did not have sufficient clothing, a fatality would be very
possible. I guess commuting near Sarnia is a high risk activity.
Where is your civic pride and sense of public service Robatoy? Why aren't
you out there rescuing these poor people?? ;-)
No reports of death, and everyone appears to be accounted for, or no
reports of missing persons, at least so far. Anyone that goes too far
in a vehicle outside of a major city in Canada, who doesn't have a first
aid kit, some food, and some warm clothes is a moron IMHO.
The system will be down for 10 days for preventive maintenance.
Doesn't make any difference about Canada or not; anywhere there's winter
weather and particularly wind is susceptible to the same problems.
Virtually every year there will be those who do such stupidity around
here as well... :(
In general, those who either are from large metro areas or eastern where
wind isn't so predominant factor in winter storms are the worst as they
have no conception of first there being places it's hundred or more
miles to an exit, even, and there may be nothing at that point, anyway;
and second, that blowing 30-50 mph w/ snow is what we tend to expect to
happen as opposed to watching snow pile up on top of things as it floats
Police used over a dozen towing companies, each with their own pounds,
and there's a whole lot of people wandering aimlessly along these city
streets wondering: "where's my car....where's my car..where my CAR??"
City fathers (and mothers) are busy compiling a list. At least 3
people have tried to lay claim on the same Cayenne Turbo...LOL (okay,
I made that up...)
If anybody can lose 300 cars, we can.
Last big 'un around here the National Guard guys had a heyday--something
approaching 100 vehicles were simply run over and crushed or otherwise
trashed by their toys.
Fortunately, none were occupied at the time--it was never clear whether
they even thought about such things being a possibility at the time or
whether they were simply looking for thrills and the chance was too good
to pass up...supposedly they've now been "trained"; time will tell...
I use to live in the Chicago area, The Blizzard of 68 happen while I
was in grammar school great fun, the one in 79 (which affected the
Mayoral election, Bilandic lost after saying "my streets are clear
what's the problem" or at least that is what his opponent got people
Something similar happened in Seattle. Two years ago, there was some cold
weather. a bunch of snow, and no plan to deal with it. The mayor at that
time, a clueless moron, (Mayor Nichols) proclaimed that there was no problem
and everything was fine. He gave the the snow effort a B grade. Most of the
city was paralyzed. He would not allow salt to be used on the road because
it would cause an ecological disaster. The sand he spread everywhere
clogged up all the storm drains afterwards. It took weeks to clean them all
It turns out that some dedicated ass kissers personally plowed the road
between the mayor's house and city hall. That is why he thought the roads
were clear. The person who was supposed to be in charge was on vacation in
Portland, Oregon. When asked why she didn't come home to deal with the
mess, she said she could phone it in. Because she did not drive a snowplow
or truck, her presence was not required.
Well, the fallout was predictable. The mayor could not get re-elected.
Seattle ended up electing a Sierra club lawyer, an extreme environmental
wacko. The idiot in charge of the city's response was fired.
This area got a mini version of this event a week or so ago. Just 3 - 5 days
of cold and some snow. Guess what? They screwed up again. But unlike last
time, various officials stepped up and admitted the mistakes and went to
work on some solutions. They bought new type of salt. They got some new
equipment for their trucks, etc. They worked out new communications and
They had a big press conference in the last day or so to announce how they
are going to do it different next time. I don't think it was because they
gave a damn, competence or they really cared. They just know the last time
the problem was not dealt with directly, everybody got fired. Hey, if at
first you don't succeed, ...
So a little sense of self preservation will actually lead to some better
service from our government. It doesn't happen often, but in this
particular case, it did.
And, of course, the media turned it all into some kind of major event/soap
The link below will take you to WKYC, a station in Cleveland showing
pics of the
Cleveland light house at the mouth of the Cuyahoga river on Lake Erie.
It was my home port for several years.
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