Chicago Blizzard 2011 Disrupts Normal Life, Smacks Cities

February 3rd, 2011 - 7:34 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
chicagoFeb 3, (THAINDIAN NEWS) On Wednesday, the colossal blizzard in Chicago brought the citizens and travelers to a standstill as the heavy snow continued to block the roads. The National Weather Service has announced that the blizzard was the third largest hit in Chicago and one of the biggest in a decade. The schools and colleges were closed on Wednesday and even the Mayor declared State of Emergency to ensure safety of the people. Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive was also closed following the three unfortunate accidents on the road.

The Chicago Blizzard 2011 recorded 20.2 inches of snow at O’Hare Airport. The National Weather Service reported that there would be wind chill, bitter cold and the temperature would be 20 to 30 below zero degree on Wednesday night. The local media reported that even the rescue efforts were hampered by snow and whiteout conditions which hampered visibility of the roads. Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff of White House complained that the rescue operations were slow and more ‘comprehensive review” was needed. Rahm Emanuel strongly criticized the Lake Shore Drive incident and said that the people should get to the “bottom” of what happened there. He said that the authorities should take care of the matter seriously and make sure that such incidents do not happen in future.

Though there are some reports of injuries and deaths, but several buildings were damaged and New York Long Island’s gas station canopy collapsed owing to the gusty wind and snowfall. Reports suggest that nearly ten million people stayed at home on Wednesday. The stormy weather condition forced the Airport authorities to cancel about 13,000 flights and other transport systems were also affected by the blizzard.

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