Chicago Blizzard Leaves City In Mayhem

February 3rd, 2011 - 6:03 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
Chicago BlizzardFeb 3, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The massive snow storm that lashed Chicago and adjacent areas yesterday left the residents struggling without electricity in some parts of the city and made a mess of the transports system as well. The roads became slick and most of them were unfit for driving. The drivers had to remain stranded for half of the day in some areas. The children in Chicago got a holiday as most of the schools were compelled to suspend their classes. The National Weather Service said in its report that yesterdays snowstorm was the third-largest storm faced by Chicago since 1886. The O’Hare International Airport of Chicago witnessed 20.2 inches of snow. This airport along with Midway International Airport had to remain closed for Wednesday owing to incessant snowfall and high winds. From Thursday onwards air traffic operations are supposed to return to normalcy.

Richard Michael Daley the mayor of Chicago expressed his concern for the commuters who were stranded on their way. His Chief of Staff Raymond Orozco said “In 31 years with the city, I haven’t experienced anything like we did at Lake Shore Drive”. The 400 snow plows of Chicago failed to keep the city streets free of snow despite the best effort of the crews. Apart from Chicago other cities in USA were also affected by the massive snowstorm and air traffic was affected.

Those who were affected by the snow tried to use the Metra train network but did not benefit much. The Metra trains developed technical snags owing ton the snowfall and the service got delayed. The authorities deployed extra staff but that did not help matters either.

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