SNOWBOUND. We've just begun to dig out from the blizzard of 96.
Though the snow shutdown everything almost, the record-setting storm kept
us plenty busy today... as you'll see in just a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And one-on-one: George Allen and Ellen Qualls with a preview of the
Governor's State of the Commonwealth.
In sports, the snow has affected the sporting world both locally and
nationally; we will have the postponements, Mike Stevens previews this week's
NASCAR media tour in the Carolina's,
and we will hear from one sportsman who is not having a lot trouble getting
Large snow drifts, bread running out and cars that won't go anywhere soon.
Weather is the big news tonight....
Good evening I'm Keith Humphry and this is News 7 at Six.
Shutdown. Virginia was just about at a standstill today.
A record- setting blizzard dumped from one to three feet of snow across the
Most people stayed at home, but those who did venture out found travel very
Roads and airports are closed and now blowing and drifting snow are making
Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
Ron Jones has been monitoring conditions and has an update.
(Ron ad libs)
(roll cue:"...VDOT officials say they are doing what they can.")
IN Q=The primary roads are clear
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Donette Spence/Salem Resident; :16
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Salem Resident; :28
SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT Administrator; :44
OUT Q=still is in control.
(( The primary roads are clear-- even though not many are using them.
Most of the would be drivers are stuck at home trying to free themselves
from old man winter's grip.
Most secondary roads are clogged with snow and-- snow shovels.
But there are a few benefits.
((DONETTE SPENCE/: WE KEPT OUR MOVIES LATE FROM BLOCK BUSTER. WE COULDN'T GET
THEM BACK SO WE GOT TO WATCH THEM OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THAT'S KIND OF
WHAT WE'VE DONE.))
Even some teachers say being out of school isn't all that bad.
SOT 12:11:32 (LET HER GIGGLE)
((BETH POFF/SALEM RESIDENT: I THINK SOMETIMES THE TEACHERS LOOK FORWARD TO IT
MORE THAN THE STUDENTS DO...))
But what took a team of neighbors three hours to clear... it only took this
Salem City battering ram three seconds.
VDOT officials say they're working on it.
((FRED ALTIZER/VDOT ADMINISTRATOR: IN SOME OF THESE COUNTIES IT MAY BE SEVERAL
DAYS BEFORE WE REALLY BEGIN TO SEE ANY GREAT PROGRESS IN TERMS OF THE TOTAL
NUMBER OF ROADS THAT WE OPEN. AND I KNOW THAT THIS IS A FRUSTRATION TO THE
PUBLIC AND THE PEOPLE THAT DRIVE BUT SOMETIMES MOTHER NATURE IS STILL IS IN
(Ron ad-libs, then Q & A with Keith)
If you must be out on the roads there is a number you can call to get the
latest on conditions.
SS/Full=Highway Number 1070
That number is 1-800-367-ROAD. That's 1-800-367-ROAD.
SS=Pinnacle #s 1020
Roanoke city has a phone bank in operation for non-emergency calls. The
lines are open until eight p-m tonight and re-open at six a-m tomorrow.
Authorities are asking that you use these numbers and NOT call 9-1-1 for
Those numbers are:
Also, a number of schools will be closed again tomorrow.
We will have our complete Schoolwatch list for you following the newscast,
during the CBS Evening News.
People are digging out all over, but the process has been especially
difficult in the New River Valley today.
Blame it on the wind.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy
Tracy Altizer joins us from Blacksburg with more on that situation.
Keith, I think most of us who have ventured out today will be nursing a case of
Here in the New River Valley, Old Man Winter hasn't cut us any slack.
IN Q=I guess sooner
SUPER=01-Steven Moore/Christiansburg Resident; :09
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :19
SUPER=01-John Thompson/Asst. VDOT Resident Engineer;
OUT Q=get around mostly.
((I GUESS SOONER OR LATER WE'LL DIG OUT OF HERE. ))
It may be later for a lot of folks if this wind keeps up, making shoveling a
((STEVEN MOORE/CHRISTIANSBURG RESIDENT: YOU'LL THROW IT RIGHT BACK UP BEHIND
YOU AND IT'LL BLOW RIGHT BACK UP AGAINST YOU. IT'S WONDERFUL, JUST WONDERFUL.
Certainly wonderful if the wind would blow the snow off our roads and cars,
as it has this hillside.
But it's done much more harm than good, especially for road crews who are
finding themselves having to double back on some of the main roads.
That means it will take longer to get to the secondaries, which are piling
up with drifts.
((JOHN THOMPSON/VDOT ASST. RESIDENT ENGINEER: WE HAVE CONSIDERABLE PERCENTAGE
OF OUR SECONDARY SYSTEM IS BLOCKED RIGHT NOW DUE TO DRIFTING CONDITIONS. ))
Patience may be the name of the game, as it may take a couple of days to see
SOT nat of sledding
But with this deep snow, that's just fine for sledders.
((JOSH BARNETT/SLEDDER: WE HAVEN'T BEEN GOING IN THE DEEP SNOW BECAUSE IT'S
JUST TOO HARD TO GET AROUND MOSTLY. ))
TALENT=Tracy Live Full
Cabin fever is hard to fight, but VDOT and emergency officials still want
people off the roads so as not to hamper their efforts.
Even Virginia Tech is asking people to stay away from campus so they can get
streets and sidewalks cleared for returning students.
Double Boxes=Tracy and Teresa
For now, let's go to Danville where Teresa Hamilton is standing by with the
latest from Southside Virginia
Teresa Hamilton has been wading through the snow in Danville.
I understand the wind isn't as big a problem in Southside.
Tracy, that's right.
Here in Danville, the sun actually poked its head out today, warming things
up for folks who aren't accustomed to this much white stuff.
But finding a business that was open was tough, depending on what you were
((NOAH PENNELL/DOMINION HARDWARE: NO, WE'RE SOLD OUT OF THOSE, SOLD OUT OF
THAT, TOO. ))
SUPER=01-Noah Pennell/Dominion Hardware; :00
OUT Q=sold out of that, too.
Dominion Hardware was one of the few Danville businesses that decided to
take advantage of those who weren't prepared for Mother Nature.
It turned out to be a profitable decision-- as one by one customers began
Shovels and sleds were big items-- in short supply.
Even store owner, Pat Sterner was surprised by the snow and the number of
people who ventured out.
Many were looking for ways to clear their drive-way and side walk before
heading back to work.
IN Q=Ice melt
((PAT STERNER/DOMINION HARDWARE OWNER: ICE MELT AND SALT, WHICH WE STILL HAVE
SOME OF THAT. SHOVELS, WE'RE OUT OF THE SHOVELS, EXCEPT THE ROUND POINTED
SHOVEL, JUST THE SNOW CLEARING MERCHANDISE IS WHAT THEY'RE ASKING FOR.))
SUPER=01-Pat Sterner/Dominion Hardware Owner; :00
OUT Q=asking for.
The streets of Danville were nearly deserted this morning, but by this
afternoon the city had really begun to bounce back.
Double Boxes=Teresa and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg Newsroom, Steve I understand you spent
the day with some tow truck driver who were also cashing in on the weather--
that is if you could find one?
With thousands of snowbound vehicles clogging the streets and highways, tow
truck drivers are in greater demand than ever before.
Steve Smallshaw joins us from Lynchburg, Steve is there any guarantee that
even if you call for a wrecker, one will respond?
Certainly not Teresa...it may take them a couple of hours, or it may take
another day depending on where you live.
And while you might expect wrecker drivers to be laughing all the way to the
bank in weather like this, for one central Virginia service, that isn't the
IN Q=But I can
SUPER=01-Glenn Trent/Wrecker Service Owner; :34
OUT Q=don't make enough money.
(( sot 3:55:21
((BUT I CAN PULL THAT CAR RIGHT THERE TODAY, IN ALL THAT SNOW AND IF I DAMAGE
ANY PART OF IT, THE CUSTOMER WANTS ME TO PAY FOR IT, SO WHAT DO YOU MAKE?))
Such is the life of a wrecker service owner during the biggest snowstorm of
Glenn Trent has been towing cars in Lynchburg for more than fifty years, but
a major snowstorm is not necessarily a welcome sight for him.
Two feet of the white stuff translates into long hours for his overworked
staff, and all the tugging, grinding and pulling has taken a toll on his
equipment as well.
IN Q=You don't make
((GLENN TRENT/WRECKER SERVICE OWNER: YOU DON'T MAKE ANY MONEY, YOU'RE
SATISFYING THE CUSTOMER IS ONE THING, BUT YOU'RE TEARING UP YOUR EQUIPMENT.
WE'VE GOT THREE TRUCKS TORN ALL TO PIECES RIGHT NOW, CLUTCHES OUT OF 'EM, DRIVE
SHAFTS OUT, BROKEN AXLES, YOU DON'T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY.))
OUT Q=make enough money.))
Glenn Trent says he's run about 150 calls in just the past two days.
They've also had to refuse dozens of people, because they live on snow-
covered side streets where even a tow truck can't go. Keith?
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--You might think if you HAD to be out on the
road today, then behind the wheel of a big rig was your best bet.
But think again--the snow humbled even the mighty tractor trailers, creating
one traffic jam of very large proportions.
IN Q=Pull over here
(("PULL OVER HERE ON THE RIGHT I RECKON WHERE YOU AIN'T BLOCKIN' ENTRANCE AND
OUT Q=entrance and exits
You know it's bad when the eighteen wheelers are having trouble just
getting on the highway. We'll have that story.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A faulty wood stove apparently sparked a blaze that left a Lynchburg family
homeless this afternoon.
Just before three, firefighters arrived at 22- 08 Memorial Avenue to find
smoke billowing from the rear of the building.
It took crews about ten minutes to get inside the house and knock the fire
Authorities say ten family members were living there, and all escaped the
blaze without injury.
The family reportedly will stay at the Salvation Army tonight before seeking
more permanent shelter.
The state climatologist says the Blizzard of '96 may take the cake as
Virginia's worst winter storm this century.
It's claimed five lives statewide, and a private plane is believed down in
the Chesapeake Bay.
Richmond shut down with about a foot of snow, while neighbors to the
northwest got three feet of fluff.
State emergency officials say the sledders aren't the only ones thankful for
the powdery snow.
It may strand people, but has caused many fewer power outages than the ice
storms just two years ago.
IN Q=Going back to
((GEORGE FORESMAN/VA. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS: GOING BACK TO 1994, WE HAD A
MILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER IN THE STATE -- SOME FOR UP TO A WEEK, OR IN SOME
CASES TEN DAYS TO TWO WEEKS. AND OUR GREATEST CONCERN WITH EVERY WINTER STORM
EVENT IS LOSING POWER, PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AREAS WHERE IT'S DIFFICULT TO GET
THE PEOPLE OUT AND GET THEM TO SHELTER FACILITIES.))
SUPER=01-George Foresman/Va. Emergency Operations;
OUT Q=shelter facilities.
More than 600 bus passengers have been stranded at Richmond's Greyhound
terminal, and seven shelters have opened statewide.
About the time the sun came out around mid-morning,
thousands of truckers decided it was time to fire up the rig.
Benita and Butch Quick found themselves in a bit of a jam.
NAT SOT-wheels spinning
They'd been parked behind Hardee's since Saturday night.
IN Q=Yeah, we couldn't
SUPER=01-Benita Quick/Mississippi Trucker; :00
SUPER=01-Trooper Louis Patrick/Virginia State Police
OUT Q=nightmare or not.
IN Q=Yeah, they think
((BENITA QUICK/MISSISSIPPI TRUCKER: YEAH, WE COULDN'T SEE THE HIGHWAY ANYMORE,
AND THEY WERE SAYING IT WAS GETTING WORSE. SO WE STOPPED HERE. THIS IS AS FAR
AS WE GOT.))
OUT Q=as we got.
NAT SOT: digging snow out from wheels
Eighteen wheelers that WERE moving dug up other problems:
IN Q=How much fuel
((HOW MUCH FUEL YOU GOT? ABOUT HALF.))
OUT Q=about half.
The truckstop was full; fuel tanks were not. Long lines at the pumps fueled
Let's calm down and act like adults.
The trooper had ordered the rig removed from the highway. It took two tow
trucks to haul it. The truck driver refused to pay. The wrecker operator
found HE was stuck.
((BETWEEN AND ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.))
The storm had threatened to shutdown the Interstate overnight. With
thousands of tractor trailers lining route 11, state police finally decided
there was nothing else to do but park 'em there.
They all seemd to move at once.
IN Q=Yeah, they think it's
((TROOPER LOUIS PATRICK: YEAH, THEY THINK IT'S GOOD TO GO. YOU GET PEOPLE OUT
THERE IN FOUR-WHEELERS AND BIG TRUCKS TOO, AND THEY THINK EVERYTHING'S FINE BUT
OUT Q=BUT IT'S NOT.
Meanwhile the Quicks were still stuck in the Hardee's parking lot.
NAT SOT wheels
((Is this a nightmare or what?))
OUT Q=or what?))
It was an abbreviated, mixed session on Wall Street today, because of the bad
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 16 points.
NASDAQ ended down a point.
He says he's NOT the hard-hearted extremist some think.
He's proudest of keeping campaign promises.
Wednesday night -- nature and parliamentary procedure willing -- George
Felix Allen will address the Virginia General Assembly for the first time -- at
the midpoint of his term as Governor.
Tonight, he looks back with Ellen Qualls.
IN Q=The most devastating
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 1993; :21
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The most devastating moment over the last two years?
Not a moment's hesitation.
((LOSING MY ANTERIOR CRUCHET LIGAMENT LAST YEAR PLAYING WITH THE GOVERNOR'S
INTERNS JULY 27TH.))
Not the devastating election day that weakened him by failing to oust his
But the knee injury that literally hobbled him -- and made him a more
George Allen's learned something since January 1993.
sot INAUGURATION 20:04
((THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE CHANGE THAT IS
NEEDED. THEY HAVE GIVEN US A CLEAR MANDATE.))
In 1995, he's seeking bi- partisan compromise.
((I WOULD HAVE DONE IT EITHER WAY, REGARDLESS OF THE ELECTIONS. BUT GET THE
LEGISLATORS MORE INVOLVED IN IT. SOME STATED THAT THEY WERE SURPRISED BY THE
That was last year's budget amendments, with the surprise income tax cut
that died a dramatic death.
This year's effort -- the first full budget of his administration -- was put
together around a vigorous campaign schedule.
It was, he says, the toughest part of the job so far.
sot 04:43:09 TAPE ONE
((GOT IN THE BED AND ALL I DREAMT THE WHOLE NIGHT WAS WAS THIS FISCAL '97 OR
FISCAL '98, HOW MUCH CAN WE SHIFT TO THIS YEAR OR THE OTHER. WOKE UP EARLY IN
THE MORNING TO GET BACK IN, AND I JUST FELT LIKE I WAS IN ONE OF OUR BUDGET
MEETINGS ON MY BED AND EVERYONE WAS JUST AROUND ME WHILE I WAS LAYING DOWN.))
To sell that spending plan, Allen has a new mantra.
((SURE I THINK DIPLOMACY'S VERY IMPORTANT. WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO CLOSE A
BUSINESS DEAL YOU DON'T JUST SAY HERE THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GONNA OFFER YOU. LIKE
IT AND TAKE IT.))
statue to allen shot
With two more years in the saddle, Allen seems to be looking for a ride
that's a little less rough.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
harry gant retired in 1994 and now he's coming back to racing in 1996,
local and national postponements to talk about,
and Mike Stevens will go over what's on the menu for this week's annual
NASCAR Media Tour from the Carolinas.
GRAPHIC=MEDIA TOUR 96
Despite some snow; The Charlotte Motor Speedway's 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup
Media Tour is on schedule for this week in the Carolinas.
Mike Stevens is among the 150 media members that will be on the tour.
Let's see what he has in store for us this week.
IN Q=first audio
OUT Q=...fort worth area."
(( Steve, this marks the 14th year for this preseason tour of various Winston
Cup shops throughout the Southeast.
Here's a look at some of the stories photographer Lynn Eller and I will be
providing our viewers starting TUesday night on news seven at Five and
continuing into the weekend.
Of course no preseason tour would be complete without a chat with the reigning
champion. We'll see what Jeff Gordon has in mind for an encore, plus check in
with the other 2 thirds of Rick Hendrick's talented trio.
Visits with the 2 Winston Cup Champions are in store as Dale Earnhardt hopes
to regain his championship form and Richard Petty prepares for STP's 25th
anniversary in racing.
Speaking of Petty's, we'll try to find out what's up with Kyle and how he
plans to rejuvenate his stagnant race team.
Darrell Waltrip has also had his troubles of late, going 3 years without a
victory. We'll see if the winningest active driver can squeeze one more win
out of the twilight years.
Plus before the Fords head to Daytona for testing, we'll take a look at the
new three member team at Jack Roush racing in LIberty, North Carolina, and
talks with both Jeff and Ward Burton as they begin the next phases of their Cup
Plus, besides those stories, we'll also give area race fans a look at the
brand new Texas Motor Speedway. The one and a half mile superspeedway is
currently under construction in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.))
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng!!
After retiring in 1994; Harry Gant has decided to get behind the wheel
again; this time in NASCAR's Supertruck series.
Gant, who turns 56 Wednesday, said he will run around 10 races on the 24
race Supertruck schedule this season.
The Winter weather up and down the east coast has played havoc with sports
scheduling both on a local, regional and national level.
SS=Radford Univ. Logo
Tonight men's basketball game at the Dedmon Center between Radford and UMBC
has been postponed.
And the Radford women's game in Baltimore has also been wiped out.
No dates have been set for rescheduling the games at this time.
And the Roanoke at Washington & Lee men's basketball
game, that was set for Saturday night; and then was moved to tonight, has been