This photo is NOT an exaggeration. The state of Oklahoma has been closed down since the 15-20 inches of snow thanks to Blizzard '11 decided to come through Tuesday. I haven't left the house in three days, AND tomorrow marks the fourth day that school will be canceled. Temperatures have been below 20 degrees, and in the below zero range which is rare for us and is keep the snow and ice around. That said, I'm loving being at home as all creature comforts, cable, food, internet, electricity, haven't been taken away. I am loving being able to get little projects here and there taken care of. It has been nice.
That said, it hasn't been nice outside the house for many. I have friends who were stranded at work until today when they were 'rescued'. I know other people who had to wait five hours for a tow truck to get to their car that ran off the road. In fact, the state is littered with abandoned cars along the highways and city streets. Many highways are shut down or just barely drivable. Plowing them, and city streets, has been hindered by the absurd number of vehicels littering the roads. Mind you, we don't exactly have a large fleet of snowplow vehicels in the state, I've been told that the city of Tulsa has exactly two of them. So, you can imagine how slow going the clean up efforts have been. There is over a foot of snow on the city street I live on right now, it hasn't been cleared and the only cars able to get through (at a slow pace) are large trucks and heavy duty jeeps. Not even the mailman has delivered the mail.
That's right, even this blizzard has halted the mail.
And if things don't sound crazy enough soak in this next photo taken by a friend's husband near their home.
The snowplow is stuck. STUCK! This is along a major street in South Tulsa and he's not going anywhere until the area around him is cleared out. Insanity. Suffice it to say, I'm happy to be warm and safe inside and I plan on staying put until things are safe enough to drive.
Cause it's the little things like not being injured, or damaging your car, or being stranded that make life that much nicer.