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Archive for February, 2011

My Blizzard 2011

February 5th, 2011

It was Tuesday around 2 pm I looked out the window of our Hinsdale office and laughed as I heard everyone talking about the “Snowtropolis” It was clear and sunny. As a photojournalist I was hoping for a blizzard but didn’t think it was really going to happen. I headed for my son’s daycare in the city just in-case and around 3.00 pm. while driving all of the sudden things started looking more like a winter storm.The first 2 are taken from the car, only because my 9 month old was in the back seat
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Pulaski and Ogden Ave.

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California street.

My adrenaline was rushing, disappointed and worried that I had my baby in the car. I wanted to be out there. I was so excited and couldn’t wait for work the next day. I had everything ready even a back up driver if I couldn’t get my car out. Morning came and I nor anyone in my Chicago neighborhood could get their cars out. I walked out my door to Chicago Ave and my plan was to take either the Chicago Ave. Bus going East or West. It was a ghost town. No one in sight except one person while looking East.
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Chicago Ave. and Francisco
I wanted to go East. I wanted to hit downtown, I called my boss and told him my brilliant plan of fate and he was not amused. He said “No ” I need you west”, so west I went…I took the bus East because non were gong west. Got an non working cab to drop me off miles away at a Green line train stop. I was the only person on the train. Got off the train in Oak Park and this was what I first saw-
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Six Harlem 90 buses were stuck in the snow near the Harlem Green Line stop in Oak Park. Driver, Jeffrey Laird has been stuck for six hours on Marion Street since 5 am this morning. | Tamara Bell~Sun Times Media

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A CTA Harlem 90 bus was stuck under the Marion street viaduct in downtown Oak Park since 11 pm on Tuesday night.
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People trying to make their way to the green line stop in downtown Oak Park during Wednesday’s storm.

I headed for downtown Lake street in Oak Park hoping to warm myself and plan my next move. No stores were open.
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Chipotle in Downtown Oak Park closed due to weather conditions.

I knew I had to get to other suburbs but would have to go on foot. Co worker Rob Hart called and our freelance photographer friend Brian got his car out in a nearby suburb. Brian saved the day and picked us up. We made our move onto Elmwood and Franklin Park.
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Driver, Brian Morowczynski
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David Garcia (left) and Pawel Nowak shovels out a car on the 7200 block of North Avenue in Elmwood Park on Feb. 2, 2011. The Blizzard is third-largest storm in Chicago’s history and some areas already have more than 20 inches of accumulation. | Tamara Bell~Sun Times Media
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River Grove,IL A man shoveling snow collapsed and was attended to by paramedic on the 2500 block of Rhodes Street in River Grove on Feb. 2, 2011. The Blizzard is third-largest storm in Chicago’s history and some areas already have more than 20 inches of accumulation. | Tamara Bell~Sun Times Media
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A group of teenagers jump into the snow in the park at Elmwood School in Elmwood Park on Feb. 2, 2011. The Blizzard is third-largest storm in Chicago’s history and some areas already have more than 20 inches of accumulation. | Tamara Bell~Sun Times Media
Those are just a glimpse of the day. There was world of moments flashing outside and I was glad to be apart of it.

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