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Dangerous Drifts

JONES COUNTY -  (CBS2/FOX28) 

By daylight the evidence remained of the brutal night stranded drivers spent in a blizzard along Highway 151 between Springville and Anamosa.  Monday morning the roadside rendition of an elephant graveyard still held onto dozens of car and truck bodies scattered in the ditches.

Josh Hinrichsen says it just kept getting worse.  They slowed down, then slowed to a crawl and then a whiteout put them in a snow globe.  In spots you literally had to go two miles an hour.  We saw the white dotted lines and then we got to a spot where we couldnt see and tried to keep going but we ended up going in the ditch.

At a highway intersection outside Anamosa the flashing lights from an Iowa State Patrol SUV parked on the shoulder help to slow down motorists.  The officer is running interference for an IDOT crew thats shooting a plume of snow into the air.  One of the departments rotary plows acts like a giant snow thrower to move drifts back away from the edge of the road.  Its frustrating work, since the wind continues to fight against them.

 Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Loren Waterman says towing companies like Reds in Anamosa had to move some of the stranded cars just so the crews could start plowing. He says the north wind obliterated the east west roads and black ice formed in several areas.  Waterman wants drivers to understand conditions are right for the same thing to happen Monday night.  The wind was blowing and the snow was blowing .. it was pretty much whiteout conditions for quite a while. Tonight I would say if you dont have to travel I would stay home.

A final word of warning .. even one of our CBS2/FOX28 photo-journalists, who travels snowy roads all the time, got stuck and had to be pulled out of the ditch.  

 

 

 
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