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Published March 12, 2011, 05:33 PM

People Getting Back On The Roads After Storm

Many people are finally getting back on the roads after being stranded for much of the night. Some just trying to get home after visiting Grand Forks.

Many people are finally getting back on the roads after being stranded for much of the night.

Some just trying to get home after visiting Grand Forks.

Cancelled flights and treacherous roads had people like Chris Williams waiting to go home.

"I'm working as a contractor for the air force and I came up for just a couple of weeks of work here." Williams said.

Williams is from Colorado Springs. His 7 a.m. flight was cancelled from Grand Forks to Minneapolis. With the next available flight hours away, he hopes to make it back for family.

"My daughter's having her 18th birthday party tonight so I'm trying to get home for that, help my wife out with that." Williams said.

Not only are people stuck at the airport but at truck stops as well, where they are finding little things to do to pass the time.

Several truck drivers, like Dave Ginter from Winnipeg, have spent the night at the truck stop waiting for Interstate-29 to open back up. Giving Ginter the chance to look out for fellow drivers.

"Because I'm stationary and I can be online you know I"ll call guys up and say here's what you're going to be running into or here's what the road report says." truck driver Dave Ginter.

No matter where people are stranded around town, most realize the dangers of the weather and make the best of their situation.

"It's always a concern. I'm retired from the Air force and spent a lot of time flying in the air force so I understand the dangers." Williams said.

"If I can't make it safe I just won't make it at all. I got food, fuel, shelter right here. So there's no sense in hurting myself or anyone else to make it through." Ginter said.

Three flights from Grand Forks to Minneapolis were cancelled this morning.

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