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Stuck In The Snow

December Freeze reminiscent of Christmas Blizzard of  2009 for one Texoman. 

This past weekend Texomans experienced some of the worst weather conditions the area has seen in a longtime. On Christmas Eve 2009, North Texas experienced a blizzard. Rachel Lira, a resident of Vernon, Texas remembers the event like it was yesterday.

"I was heading from Wichita Falls. I was living in Wichita Falls at the time," said Lira. 'I was coming to Vernon to spend Christmas with family and my best friends dad came to pick us up so we didn't have to drive in it."

There 50 mile, 45 minute drive to Vernon quickly turned into 24 hours stranded on Highway  287.

"We made it to Iowa Park and we were at a complete stand still," said Lira. "I just thought people were driving slow or maybe it was an accident."

However, it was a blizzard that caused many accidents and  trapped many Texomans in their cars for hours.
 
"Luckily he had a full tank of gas so we were able to keep the heater on most of the time," said Lira. "Twenty four hours later and we out of it."

After spending a day inside their vehicle covered in snow, Rachel, her best friend, and best friends father were rescued and taken to a nearby church. There they were given hot food to eat and they stood the night. A night Rachel says she will always remember forever.

"There was a point in time I thought maybe you know it could be much worse," said Lira.

Now Lira says anytime she gets on the road she makes sure her car is stocked with items she may need in case of an emergency. 

"I definitely I check the weather first of all. We didn't expect the roads to be that bad. I take extra blankets. We always take water now. I try not to travel in these conditions, but am definitely prepared this time around," said Lira. 
Items listed below are travel supplies the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggest drivers should carry in their vehicles to ensure safety.


Emergency Travel Supplies
 
*   Battery-powered radio and extra batteries(NOAA weather radio coverage)
*   Flashlight and extra batteries
*   Blankets or sleeping bags
*   Booster cables for starting automobile
*   Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
*   First aid kit and manual
*   Bottled water
*   Non-perishable high-energy foods, such as granola bars, raisins or peanut butter
*   Compass or GPS and road maps
*   Shovel
*   Tire repair kit and pump
*   Flares and/or reflective emergency triangles
*   Extra dry clothing
*   Sack of sand or kitty litter(for tire traction)
*   Tow rope
*   Knife
*   Pencil and paper
*   Candles(even one lit candle can provide emergency heating)
*   Matches
*   Cell phone (or at least quarters to make telephone calls at a pay phone)
*   Red bandanna(tie to car antenna when help is needed)


Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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