Woman stranded twice in two separate snow storms
WEATHERFORD, Okla. – Monday’s brutal snow storm in Weatherford ended up canceling classes Monday and Tuesday at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
One Edmond woman did squeeze in an important test on this campus at 8 a.m. Monday but there was no way she was going to test the roads getting back home.
“I went into the testing center in rain and came out to heavy snow and slippery roads,” Natalie Reed said.
Reed took a professional teaching exam with the hopes of eventually getting a degree in Pre-K Special Education.
But facing blowing snow and very little visibility, her focus quickly turned to finding a hotel and staying overnight.
She was also stuck Tuesday morning in an iced-over parking lot.
“I could look out that way and see trucks fish-tailing and cars slipping,” she said.
Mother Nature eventually reversed the damage to let her go but she couldn’t believe her double dose of bad luck.
Reed tried to take her test last week in Oklahoma City but it snowed then as well.
“So I rescheduled for Weatherford, which was the only other open spot and then it snowed (Monday),” she said. “I can’t (get away from it). I’m sorry. I feel like it’s my fault.”
Along I-40, crews with Public Service Company of Oklahoma were repairing power lines that buckled from heavy ice.
Crews had to pound on the lines to knock off the ice.
High winds knocked out power completely to the tiny town of Thomas, north of Weatherford.
The cleanup effort there was massive Tuesday.
Rick Mullin was cleaning sidewalks all day for the city.
“We’ve been at this since 8 a.m. this morning,” he said after six hours of shoveling. ”Yeah, I’m tired. We’re about half done.”
Officials tell News Channel 4 that Custer, Washita and Kiowa counties were in jeopardy of losing drinking water because the snow knocked the power out to a water plant at Foss Lake.
But power was restored Tuesday afternoon and officials hope to have the lake’s water plant pumping again by Tuesday night.