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Why have a get home bag?
#1
Because you never know when a situation like this might arise. Hundreds of people stuck on a highway in a snowstorm. I keep a bag in my car and while I would not throw it on my back and start hiking home, it would make my time stuck there more comfortable (along with a couple of other basics I keep in the Jeep) If I found myself in a similar situation.


Hang tight, we are coming,' Kentucky National Guard assures stranded drivers

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/05/us/ken...-65/index.html

(CNN)Florida residents Patrick and Sue Ellen Kilgallon knew the storm was coming. They tried to get out of northern Kentucky on Wednesday night. Instead, they got stuck in the snow on Interstate 65.

The couple and their two dogs were still there Thursday morning, more than 14 hours later.

"We're just sitting here praying, hoping to get out," Patrick Kilgallon told CNN on Thursday.

They were among hundreds of motorists stranded on I-65 near Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and on Interstate 24 near Paducah after a storm so intense, road crews just couldn't keep up.

Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday afternoon that some traffic had begun to inch along.

"We have finally cleared some emergency lanes on the sides of the roads, and the traffic now northbound on I-65 is beginning to move slowly and to clear out," he told CNN. "It will take several hours to clear it out, because it's backed up so much. But it is moving again, thank goodness."

94 million Americans say: 'Enough with winter, already'

The Kentucky National Guard was on the scene on both interstates, rescuing motorists and taking them to nearby warming centers, Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht told CNN.

"Hang tight, we are coming," he assured motorists.

Beshear told CNN that officials had been prepared.

"We did everything we could in advance," he said.

There were no reports of any deaths or major injuries, the governor said.
A morning weather report indicated that over a 15-hour span, 21 inches of snow had fallen on Elizabethtown, about 50 miles south of Louisville. Other parts of Kentucky, along with parts of Ohio to the north and Tennessee to the south, had more than a foot of snow.

Although the snow had stopped, state police reported the interstates and many local roads remained impassable.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet published a hotline number for motorists stranded on the highway.The Kilgallons gassed up Wednesday night and tried to beat the storm as they traveled south for Florida.

But 25 miles south of Louisville, they hit "nothing but dead stop" on I-65.

A traffic camera at milepost 107 on I-65 between Louisville and Elizabethtown shows tightly packed southbound traffic and mostly empty northbound lanes.

Kilgallon has a scanner in the car and said she has heard that a tractor-trailer collided with several cars, and while the truck was moved, there were not enough tow trucks to move the other vehicles involved in the accident.

The Kilgallons had a few snacks left and are rationing the water they have left, Patrick Kilgallon said Thursday afternoon. They ran the engine on their new Jeep all night to keep warm and prevent the ice from encrusting the car too deeply, he said.

They can't do anything but wait now.

Asked if she was upset with Kentucky officials, Sue Ellen Kilgallon said no.

"I think they're doing the best they can," she said. "I'd cry if it weren't so amusing.
Everytime we look the other way when someone else loses rights we disagree with, we make it easier to lose the rights we support.

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#2
It's too bad they couldn't make water out of any of that snow.
tolerance for failure meter... LOW
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#3
Same thing happened in Wilkes Barre in 2007. Penndot closed the road and all the exits with rush hour traffic on the interstate. Glad I didn't go to work that day.
The law? The law is a human institution...
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csmith;162529 Wrote:Same thing happened in Wilkes Barre in 2007. Penndot closed the road and all the exits with rush hour traffic on the interstate. Glad I didn't go to work that day.
That's about the same time they closed 78. Stupid people were going nuts.
"Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity"

goofin, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#5
Meh. We deal with that every day year round waiting to get through the Squirrel Hill tunnel on the parkway east.
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csmith;162529 Wrote:Same thing happened in Wilkes Barre in 2007. Penndot closed the road and all the exits with rush hour traffic on the interstate. Glad I didn't go to work that day.

goofin;162531 Wrote:
csmith;162529 Wrote:Same thing happened in Wilkes Barre in 2007. Penndot closed the road and all the exits with rush hour traffic on the interstate. Glad I didn't go to work that day.
That's about the same time they closed 78. Stupid people were going nuts.

Not for nothing though, closing the EXIT ramps is probably the stupidest thing they could have done. Even if only 10% of the people on the highway were able to get off, at least it would have taken some of the pressure off.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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#7
Same thing happened in 2011 in downtown Chicago on Lake Show Drive. People abandoned their vehicles and sought shelter in buildings a couple hundred very to the west. It took a couple days to clear LSD.
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#8
I had to use my GHB this morning.

On the way home from work and BAM, my serpentine belt goes out. I haven't had a belt go out in over a decade and this being a 2013 with 25000 miles, I'm pissed..., but shit happens.

Anyway, it's colder than a witch's tit so I had to deploy some of the cold weather gear that I have in it while I waited for the tow truck. I was getting ready to make a small fire if he took much longer.

I have 2 lessons learned;

1) Chemical hand warmers expire.

2) Do not leave your only way into the house blocked with one of these, when you're not there;

http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-265DCC...B0002YUX8I


I had to break in, which took a while so the bar works, but now I'll have to pay for the damages.

Justin
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#9
Wow justin, that sucks about the belt! I'd be livid.

Just goes to show, a get home bag is critical for ALL emergencies, especially when you own a dodge!
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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#10
In my spare tire well are replacement serpentine belts and basic hand tools to get most repair jobs done.
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