Record Snow Storm Anniversary
Updated: Wednesday, December 19 2012, 07:47 AM EST
Three years ago Tuesday, record snow fell on the mountains shutting down I-26 for hours and leaving some residents without power for nearly a week. Mark Henry of Weaverville was one of them. With only a propane tank and one camp burner, he could only warm his house for 50 degrees and didn't know when he would get power. He says nights were the hardest.
Weaverville firefighter Eric Rogers remembers evacuating more than 200 residents, many elderly, to emergency shelters. Some did not have enough medicine and needed oxygen.
Chris Deaton of NC DOT in Madison County says there was a foot of snow on the ground in most of his area. So many trees were down that had to be cleared before his crews could remove the snow.
Deaton says the 2009 storm showed him the need to line up help from other DOT departments in the state before storms hit.