2014-01-09 / Front Page

Snow Days

Area blanketed with snow, then hit with deep freeze
BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com


Roadways were slick, largely due to falling temperatures and drifting snow. 
Courtesy photo by Neal Cramer Roadways were slick, largely due to falling temperatures and drifting snow. Courtesy photo by Neal Cramer SWARTZ CREEK – Extreme weather continues to bombard the Swartz Creek area, this time delivering copious amounts of snow to a community still recovering from damaging ice and winds that arrived just before Christmas.

"It's absurd," said Sean Cramer, a Swartz Creek man who drives a snowplow for Illumiscape Lawncare of Grand Blanc. The National Weather Service reported that the Creek was hit with 18 inches of snow Sunday and Monday.

The front also brought fierce winds.

"There are some wicked drifts, drifts like crazy, and piles 20 feet high," said Cramer. "We need more places to put snow."

Multiple crashes in the midst of the storm prompted authorities to shut down Interstate 69 in Clayton Township.

The storm interrupted more than travel.

According to information posted on the Sharp Funeral Home website, at least two services were postponed.

A power outage caused the closure of several businesses in the fast food cluster at Miller and Elms roads Sunday.

Swartz Creek City Hall and the offices for Clayton and Gaines townships were closed Monday.

Classes at Swartz Creek Community Schools were called off for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

On their Facebook page, Clayton Township police were asking residents to stay home.

"Please do not put emergency personnel and tow truck drivers in harms way by going out if it's not an absolute necessity," the Facebook post read.

"I think a lot of people really saw this coming far enough in advance that they've been keeping trips to a minimum," Swartz Creek City Manager Adam Zettel said Monday. "The roads are definitely terrible-terrible this morning, but a lot of people are avoiding it."

Zettel was urging residents and merchants to keep fire hydrants clear of snow.

Residents also were asked to bring garbage containers back in, as collection was delayed and the bins were getting in the way of the snowplows.

In the city, folks were braving the bitter cold to help neighbors dig out.

"It's just really cold out there," said Sylvia Lambaria, who bundled in layers and shoveled snow from driveways and sidewalks at Miller Road and Fairchild Street.

"I could barely see by the time I got my hat and face mask on," she said. "I would not think about plowing or shoveling without a face mask."

Lambaria said city plow crews were busy, keeping Miller Road clear as traffic picked up while I-69 was closed.

"There was a lot of traffic all day," she said. "But everyone was moving along very smoothly because the plows came. I have to admit, the city is doing a really good job. Further back in the neighborhood, though, the roads are bad."

It wasn't all hard work, though.

Jeff Dubie said his granddaughters got out and played.

Dubie, who lives in Apple Creek Station, hauled out his shovel and scooped up a sledding hill for Lily, 6, and Emma, 5.

"They loved it!" said Dubie.

He said the kids didn't seem to mind the cold as long as they were having fun.

"I need to do a little more work to (the hill)," said Dubie. "I'm going to make stairs."

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