Storm stories Dec 2022
I don't have any local stories to tell about the storms that went through here on the 23rd & 25th. We had freezing rain today, warnings just ended. The roads reportedly aren't too bad. Now, a couple weeks ago, there were extremely icy roads & jacknifed semis & cars in the ditches out to the east in Manitoba, but I never heard of any deaths. Our snow...we've got some, but we could easily have more.
This story came into my email today. For those unfamiliar with the geographical features of North America, Lake Erie is one of the Great Lakes. As those by lakes in the north can attest, winds combined with water & cold can create wondrous ice sculptures. We have seen spectacular pictures of many unique ice sculptures beside Manitoba's large lakes, Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba, in winter.
The fact that the one place received 8' of snow is amazing. I've seen drifts as high as houses here. I imagine those folks will have fantastic pictures too.
On the more sad subject of deaths caused by this storm, it always makes me wonder, every time I hear of deaths...yes, cardiac arrests from shoveling, and emergency response delays...those are expected to happen after large snowstorms, but even the cardiac arrests can be avoided in some instances. But when people are found in cars...why did they feel they had to go out? Those found outside...I have the same question. Those two are fully avoidable. Staying put inside where you've prepared is best. In some cases, a very cold home/no heat is unavoidable, but planning ahead of time can help prevent you from freezing in your home.
It just brings me great sadness and a part of me mourns for those lives needlessly snuffed out due to poor decisions.
This is why I felt it important to give warnings about the North American winter storm beforehand (and I think @torey, experienced in first responder situations, felt the urgency as well). Prevention & preparation is always key...and next to nothing is so important as to go out in conditions that are dangerous.
Anyone who has pictures or stories, please share them below.
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