Photo courtesy of Public Safety
Snowstorm keeps Big Canoe’s Public Safety busy transporting residents home
By Laura Link
The silence of snow falling in the mountains of Big Canoe was broken when rumbling snowplows began clearing roads as soon as snow stopped falling around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 8. Public Safety had to make numerous transports from the gates to homes when residents and property owners, who failed to heed warnings of snow, left the property and couldn’t drive home.
A full staff of firemen, EMTs and volunteer fire personnel manned Station 3 in Wolfsratch Village where they monitored the weather from their storm center.
A grandmother picked up her grandchildren for a sleepover and made a stop at the IGA for groceries around 10 a.m. Because she had a four-wheel drive and was going to Fox Glove, the gate let her in with instructions to drive carefully. In turning from Teaberry Lane onto Fox Glove, she slipped and crashed into a tree. Public Safety was quickly on the scene where they checked all for injuries and found the grandmother with a bloody lip. They helped them carry luggage and groceries into the home on Fox Glove and then moved on to await the next call.
Sunday morning as the sun came up, Public Safety on patrol found a melting sock monkey-cap-wearing snowman on Deer Run Extension.
At Fire Station 3, Chief Ricky Jordan reported 4.75 inches of snow with bigger accumulations on the higher elevations of Sanderlin Mountain and Ridgeview.
Photo by Chip Rice
Photo by Laura Link
Sunrise. Photo by Chip Rice.
Snow tapering off. Photo by Barbara Schneider.
Photo by Jeff Hites