Driving Turns Into Nightmare In Adams

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With Route 81 shut down, travelers turned to Route 11 to make their way between Watertown and Adams.

That didn't work out so well for one driver carrying milk, who went off the road just outside Adams Center.

It didn't work out for Carla Revis either.

Her truck got stuck in the snow right in the village of Adams.

With the help of other truckers, she would get out after about 30 minutes.

"The roads, they're not clean and everything. It's a mess. The weather, nothing you can do about it," said Revis.

Reporter Chris Horvatits said the visibility in Adams was so poor that it took him about an hour to drive there from Watertown.

It normally takes about 15 minutes.

"Just coming up here, this is amazing. I can't see anything. It's just complete whiteout," said Frederick Washington, a traveler returning to the north country from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

With a state of emergency in effect in the village, the fire station is opened its door to anyone in need.

Food, wifi, warmth. It's all there.

"We started out with some people whose car was damaged from a motor vehicle accident and had to be towed so they had no place to go," said Bob Simpson of the Adams Fire Department.

The fire hall plans to stay open until the last person leaves.

With more snow in the forecast, who knows when that will be.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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