Locals stuck in Atlanta snowstorm | PostIndependent.com

Locals stuck in Atlanta snowstorm

Ryan Slabaugh
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed by Nick IsenbergThe roads were empty in Atlanta Monday night for the Isenbergs, who are stuck in the snow-stricken city after a month-long trip to Antarctica, and trying to return today.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – When Nick Isenberg, a local documentary filmmaker, and his wife, Joan, took off for a month-long trip to Antarctica, little did they realize the toughest part would be flying home through Atlanta.

“Antarctica had much nicer weather than it was in Atlanta,” Nick said over the phone Tuesday afternoon. “Everything is closed. CNN is closed. The city government is closed. The local television has 24 hours of coverage of this storm.”

The Isenbergs have been stuck since Monday morning in the southern city, which has been crippled by snow and freezing rain. When they arrived, they were late and missed the connection.

They weren’t the only ones. All the airport hotels were packed, and sleeping tourists were using all the airport’s spare wheelchairs. They eventually found an expensive room downtown, but the hotel’s employees could not get to work, so the rooms were not being cleaned.

“We did get some clean towels,” Nick said.

The Isenbergs continued to call to find flights, and after a long two days and nights of traveling to and from the airport, they found a connection this morning at 8:30. They originally left Glenwood on Dec. 17 to start the trip.

“We finally found a restaurant to eat in tonight,” Nick said Tuesday, whose luggage is in Grand Junction. “We’ve been living from our carry ons.”

Luckily for the Isenbergs, they did keep their winter coats with them for the return trip.

According to the Associated Press, Atlanta had only 10 pieces of snow equipment when the storm hit. Officials planned to bring in nearly 50 more pieces – the most resources marshaled for a storm in a decade. Mayor Kasim Reed said backup supplies of salt and sand were on the way, too.

The storm has been blamed for 11 deaths and many more injuries.

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