July 30, 2014

Traffic stalled, tow trucks off the streets as storm blows through

Danedri Thompson

dthompson@gardnernews.com

Schools are shuttered, the airport is closed, and most major roadways are throttled. Unfortunately for drivers, however, traffic isn’t moving on many thoroughfares around Gardner and Edgerton. The non-stop snow, which started early on the morning of Feb. 21 is creating challenges for first responders, tow truck drivers and snow plows.

Marriott’s Garage and Towing pulled its tow trucks from the roadways this morning.

“We’ve been stuck twice,” Mica Marriott-Ward, office manager at the local garage, said. “We’ve had to

Southbound Interstate 35 just north of Santa Fe is at a stand still. Photo courtesy of Donnalee Stevens

Southbound Interstate 35 just north of Santa Fe is at a stand still. Photo courtesy of Donnalee Stevens

get other people to get us out. It’s a very dangerous situation.”

Donnalee Stevens, Edgerton, made it to her office near College Boulevard and Renner Road this morning, but making it home may be difficult. She and a co-worker headed for home at about 10:30 a.m., by noon, they’d almost made it to the Santa Fe exit on southbound Interstate 35.

“We’re just sitting still. We move may be a foot every 10 or 15 minutes,” she said.

Other drivers are out of their cars, and walking along the interstate.

“It’s just a parking lot here,” Stevens said.

Marriott-Ward said as the snow tapers off, the tow company will be trying to get their trucks on the road to rescue stranded drivers. But more snow is expected in the late afternoon and early evenings.

“We’ve got people stranded in their cars for the duration. We’re hoping we can get people out to them,” she said. “If you don’t have to go anywhere, stay off the roads.”

Weather watchers estimate Gardner received more than 10-inches this morning. They are predicting another 1-4 inches later this afternoon.

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