Howard County received between 1-2 feet of snow during last week’s winter storm. Due to the inclement weather, many motorists were stranded on roadways. During this time, KBest Media’s Facebook page became a hub where people were kept informed with updates on their situation, and where people could interact with each other to share supplies and resources on the roadway between vehicles. Later, motorists were even able to use the page to describe their location to first responders.
One Big Spring family of five with three young children between the ages of 2 and 6 had been stranded on I-20 in the Rattlesnake Gap area since 4 PM on New Year's Eve. Local business owner Jody Reid told KBest News that he knew the family and had attempted to assist them, but his vehicles were snowed in. Thanks to Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson and local first responders, the mother and children were able to get out and spent the night with the Reids. The father stayed with the vehicle until traffic in his area cleared up around 11 am the next morning.
"I can't imagine being stranded in a car like that with very little resources with children. Kudos to our local people who were out there, and Craig Ferguson being out there. Found out that it was his birthday. He was out there pretty much all night trying to help get people out and get things cleared off," said Reid.
"I'm sure that's a birthday he'll remember," he chuckled.
Reid continued on to say, "We live in a great area. I always joke with people, you know, we may sometimes squabble like family here in our area, but when something comes down to it, we're family. People have a way of stepping up and trying to help each other, and that was just a good example of the whole community coming together to help some people out."
Be advised that there is a Winter Storm Watch for Howard County and surrounding areas from Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon. That's according to the National Weather Service. Heavy snow is possible with an accumulation of 4 to 6 inches.
(Photo contributed by Ben Haas.)