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Feb 3, 2011 11:56 PM by Shawn Kline

Travelers scrambling at airports, on roads

The icy and cold weather was especially challenging for travelers. Starting with the airports, more than two-thousand flights across the nation were canceled Thursday.
The cold weather hit flights pretty hard- freezing rain in Houston and temperatures in the single digits in El Paso, forcing travelers to redraw their plans.
"I was going to get on an airplane in McAllen (TX) and go through San Antonio and fly back here to Lafayette," Tommy Chreene said.
"Just started icing up and our flights kept getting pushed back, pushed back, pushed back," Jeb Bellard said.
Some travelers flying in and out of Lafayette were turned away- cancellations plaguing midwestern states.
In Houston, long lines and idle planes. Both US Airways and Continental canceled all flights at the airline hub, forcing travelers to find another way home.
"We recently just got home." Bellard said. "We had to drive in and actually got one of the last rental cars they had available."
"I drove home from Houston straight to here." Tommy Chreene says, "with a couple of stops for fuel and rest."
Even on the roads, the weather made the commute home a little tricky.
"Rain, it was icing up on the mirrors," Bellard explained.
Icy travel that may be coming this way. So police agencies are putting extra effort into keeping the roads safe for drivers.
"With the amount of precip and the temperatures, it's a bad mixture for people of south Louisiana," Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal said.
If you do have any flights to catch in the next few days, contact your airline to make sure it's not delayed or canceled.


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