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Crestview and how they handled the snowstorm
CRESTVIEW --CRESTVIEW - For more than twenty-four hours, the winter storm turned the city of Crestview into an island. Interstate ten was closed, and Highway 85 was impassable.
Today, Channel Three's Laura Hussey talked to people in Crestview about how the city handled the snow and ice.
Laura Hussey "Behind me is one of the trouble spots that basically cut Crestview off for a couple of days. That's the light at PJ Adams Parkway. People were slipping and sliding down the hill, off the road. But the big problem was what came next, they couldn't get the traction to get up that next hill and into town."
When the freezing rain came, it poured. Late Tuesday night, limbs fell under the weight of icy cloaks.
Kandy Coursey "It was pretty bad out there. I couldn't even get in my truck, my doors open or anything. But I stayed off the roads."
Greg Dubose ventured out five in the morning, trying to get home from work.
Greg Dubose "When I was driving home, it was like driving on the beach because the road was completely white all the way across. Pretty much stayed in the middle and drove slow all the way home, but it was slippery here and there."
At first, the police department had to direct all its resources to accidents on the icy roads.
Isaac Dickinson "My mother informed me that the roads were really icy, and it was not best to go to Crestview at that time, because it was really bad."
The Public Services department had been preparing since Monday. At 9 a-m Wednesday, they were sanding trouble spots like the intersection of Highways 85 and 90.
"You know the roads were mostly dry when I got out yesterday afternoon, but I was surprised, it looked like World War three had happened, it was vacant."
City department heads say most people followed the advice to stay inside, and there were no serious injuries because of the storm. There were some rare snowflakes, and northern-style winter games at Twin Hills Park.
Marilyn Dickinson "We did good, we did good."
Laura Hussey "The sand that was put on the roads is rapidly disappearing. And traffic, that's already back to normal."