Still Snowed In

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

Over the river and through the woods, past hairpin curves and snowy streets, there's a quiet neighborhood called Leisure Point.

There, in a home half-buried in snow, lives a man who survived the storm of the century.

"Here, we had somewhere between two and three feet," says Bob Carlton.

For days, Carlton and his wife were snowed in. Some of his neighbors still are. The roads in Leisure Point are mostly fine to travel on with four-wheel drive. But the hill that leads to nearby Woodstock isn't. And that's the only way out.

"We weren't able to plow it to the point it was safe," says Carlton.

Leisure Point brought in a backhoe to remove the snow that plows couldn't push off the hill.

Carlton has checked on neighbors who are worried about potential flooding. He's even hand-shoveled his entire driveway and mailbox. Despite the extra work the snow has brought, he says this weather isn't just for the birds.

"We lived in Minnesota for three years in the central part of the state, so being snowed in isn't something that's entirely new," says Carlton.

Some in Leisure Point are venturing out for groceries. Plows and mail carriers are beginning to venture in. Carlton said he had enough firewood and food to last him throughout the storm. But he knows his neighbors were there to help him if he needed it.

Now that the thirty inches of snow that once engulfed his home is melting, Carlton says the storm is one he can live with.

"It's an inconvenience in a sense, but not to the extent you throw your hands up and move to Florida," says Carlton.

Carlton estimates it will take another day or so for roadways out of Leisure Point to be cleared and safe for travel.

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