Yes, People Are *Still* Stranded In Arkansas

(West Memphis, AR) It looked like cars were frozen in time Wednesday morning.

They were stuck on I-55, on frozen ground.

“This should not happen today, this should not happen in this country,” said John Ebert.

Ebert and his wife are trying to get home to twin cities Minnesota.

They have been stranded in West Memphis since Sunday night, in their RV with a car hitched to the back.

“It`s a disgrace for the state of Arkansas,” said Ebert.

Ice is still on some parts of I-55 and I-40 and highway officials warn people to stay off the hazardous highways.

Ebert doesn`t want to take any chances, “You`re stuck, you run out of gas, you run out of heat, you run out of water, or you slip off the side of the road.”

While covering the story, we too got stuck.

A News Channel 3 van was stuck on a patch of ice several inches thick.

Some big rig drivers poured bleach, which causes friction, down to break up the ice and free us.

By late Wednesday morning, Arkansas state troopers directed traffic to help free up some of the traffic jams.

Ebert says the state should have done more to make sure none of this ever happened.

“They tell us, they treated the roads,” said WREG’s Elise Preston.

“I got a farm I can sell you down the road if you would like to buy one. No, nothing`s been done,” replied Ebert.

He says he may not live in the natural state, but as a federal taxpayer, he helps pay for the U.S. interstates to go through the state.

“If I get 100 miles north, I just talked to Cape Girardeau on the phone, the roads are fine,” said Ebert.

32 comments

  • Ronald

    Ar. made one very mistake you can treat the road before when it’s going to rain like did. And then not do anything after. Tn. doesn’t have the back ups I’m glad I live in Tn.

  • Magnolia Breeze

    A big deal was made about Atlanta…press conferences…national news.
    Let try this Gov; have your DOT contact Missouri and get tips from the big boys. Heads should roll.

  • Glenda Rhea

    IF we doesn’t like our weather conditions and the way we AREN’t prepared to handle this kind of cold….tough. We aren’t use to this kind of weather. We don’t HAVE this kind of weather. WE aren’t prepared for this kind of weather. If anyone should be imbarassed it should be him for being so critical and high and mighty. AR is doing the best they can under the circumstances. Tell him to take his tax dollars and go home and take care of his own state.

    • Joe Censored

      Wow… You went to school in Arkansas and dropped out in the 9th grade, huh? Glenda, you should be embarrassed that you can not spell or string together a complete sentence.

      Arkansas Representing!!!

  • don't mess with AR

    This could and did happen elsewhere. So stop blaming AR for mother nature. Pray God helps you to maintain and reach your destination safe and soon. Read the new TN had issues too outside of Memphis where the weather was more server. Blame yourself for not researching the conditions ahead when traveling.

  • Joe

    well ebert….im thinking you got the heck out of minnesota to avoid this stuff….snicker

    at least you are in an RV…..count your blessings yankee….you are still alive

    if there were a 105 degree heat wave in Minnesota….and hundreds died because a big chunk of you still dont have air conditioning up there……we would think you are pretty foolish as well

    you cant prepare for something that happens every 40 years

    get over it

  • Alaina

    Is traffic flowing at all on I55 N & S? AR’s road condition website is horrible and the number to call, no one answers. Trying to decide if I can get from Jonesboro to Memphis airport tomorrow and back to Jonesboro.

  • Molly Ebert

    Yo,Glenda….being from Minneapolis, we are used to icy roads, and we can tell when they have been treated, and when roads have not been treated. In today’s bizarre weather conditions, every state should have a plan, for any type of disaster at anytime. Just because we don’t have tornadoes every other week up here, we still have sirens, and they are treated every month, even in the winter.

  • Molly Ebert

    Yo,Glenda….being from Minneapolis, we are used to icy roads, and we can tell when they have been treated, and when roads have not been treated. In today’s bizarre weather conditions, every state should have a plan, for any type of disaster at anytime. Just because we don’t have tornadoes every other week up here, we still have sirens, and they are tested every month, even in the winter.

    • Wake Up

      Yo Molly. In the right hours preceding the ice we had over an inch and a half of rain. They were salted, sweetie. Maybe not all of them but the ones in my area were and it made no difference. The salt was half way to the Mississippi river by the time it started icing.

      Next time listen to the warnings not to drive Yankee.

    • Wake Up

      One of my favorite Yankee stories was during the ice storm in 94 I believe. 50 y/o yankee mocking everyone about the upcoming storm. Said it wasn’t going to ice and how he’d lived in the upper peninsula and could drive in anything. Another former Yankee told him that they rarely had pure ice storms like this up north and it was going to be nasty and no one could drive in it without chains. The upper peninsula guy totaled his car…

  • Molly Ebert

    That’s because putting down salt when it’s raining can only mean one thing, um…it washed away. Salt is for snow and Ice, not rain. Your state doesn’t have to but expensive fancy equipment, perhaps an emergency contract would be beneficial. Don’t doubt this will happen again, to think it wont for another 20 years is foolhardy. Being proactive, and prepared is not a bad thing. Perhaps the same truck that put down the salt prematurely are the same trucks you can use next time, you don’t have to buy more, you just need to realize when to apply it. Again, not only Arkansas…EVERY state needs to have a back up plan in case some uncommon weather or natural disaster happens. Hopefully you have plans in place if there should be an earthquake. If you don’t, I suppose it won’t be Obama’s fault.
    Never say never.

    • Glenda Rhea

      WEll! Since we are NEVER going to agree. I will not labor the point. We haven’t had ice like this for 20 years and probably will not for another 20. However, if we do so be it. I am really sorry that people got stuck on the expressway…Maybe they should have checked the weather before they headed this way…it was predicted…and we did what we thought was best. Sorry it didn’t meet up to your standards.Even OHIO and yes even Minnesota, with all their pricey equipment have to “closed down” due to mother nature every once in a while. Sorry my defence of my fair land offends you. Good bye and God bless!

      • Wake Up

        Glenda she is just angry because she blundered into it. When it is twenty degrees and rain, and the roads have been washed clean, it is going to be a mess. Even worse if they can’t clear the roads because dumb yankees are such on them

  • Molly Ebert

    Glenda, who appointed you the spokesperson for the Arkansas DOT, what there is of it. Don’t be so thinned-skinned, our advice is only meant to help you in the future. I don’t get my knickers in a knot when someone says “you betcha”

    • Wake Up

      Molly your situation is your fault. When it has been above freezing and I hong after rain is predicted in the south – don’t drive.

  • Molly Ebert

    What situation is my fault? I’m up here in Minneapolis, and my parents were not on the road, they pulled over and waited it out, unlike all the other boneheads who kept coming

  • Wake Up

    Oh so you are talking out your ….. You didn’t sit through the hours of intense thunderstorms preceding the temperature dropping into the low twenties with continued rain? You don’t know what you are talking about.

    Let me clue you in temperature going up – snow changing to sleet to changing ice – a day of mess.

    Temperature going down rain changing to ice with continued cold – tens of thousands of trees and light poles snapped and an inch of black ice on everything. People stranded.

    Fyi

  • Wake Up

    As my friend from Detroit said, “Brother we don’t have thunderstorms when it is in the twenties up north.”

  • Molly Ebert

    I have endured plenty of bizarre weather up here as well. It can be 75 degrees one day, and 20 degrees the next day. We have intense thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, ice, sleet, snow, and windchills down to -45 below zero, but we close the roads when we have to. They should have closed the roads, then treated them. If nobody is prepared for icy roads, why were people driving on them!? Again, have a plan, nobody should
    assume things won’t ever happen, remember the orange trees froze in Florida a few years ago?

    • Wake Up

      Molly it was a freak storm. At two in the morning here it was twenty three, thunderstorming and steady rain. There are literally a dozen tees splintered within a hundred yards of my house.

  • Molly Ebert

    We have had thunder during a snow storm….check with Dave Dahl if you don’t believe me, I wouldn’t doubt if we had a tornado during a blizzard, with how the climate/weather had been changing, it is foolish to think “oh that won’t happen” by the way, we were not the ones calling people from Arkansas any names, look through the past comments. An Arkansas native was complaining about his own home state
    Lol

  • Wake Up

    And you can’t plow ice. You especially can’t when the roads are covered with cars. Shutting down 55 on the chance it would hit would happen two or three times a winter. Well it actually hit this time. First time in over a decade.

  • Wake Up

    You’ve got no clue what a southern ice storm is like. I’ve been north of Chicago when they got nearly twenty inches in hours. No comparison.

    We’ve had plenty of thunder during snow storms, what happened here is a freak occurrence.

    I’m done arguing without someone who doesn’t know what happened. Later general authority.

  • Molly Ebert

    So what does your state plan to do the next time it happens? Ignore it because it “shouldn’t happen down here”?
    It wouldn’t have been hard to close the roads, it happens elsewhere all the time. And I agree you don’t “plow” ice, you put salt and sand on it, instead of putting salt on rained on roads. If the roads were closed, they would have been free to treat appropriately, I guess the locals wanted to get their allocation of avocados before the shortage hits crisis mode.

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