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Page 10-Friday, January 27, 1978----The Michigdn Daily

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No snow-related deaths were re-
ported in the county yesterday,
according to the. sheriff's depart-
ment, but three deaths were reported'
in the state.
The storm--the worst heresince the
Thanksgiving weekend blizzard of
1974--crippled transportation
throughout the state and virtually,
shut down Washtenaw, Jackson,
Ottawa, Monroe and Kalamazoo
counties.
METROPOLITAN, Detroit City,
and Willow Run Airports shut down
early ii the day. Metropolitan, as of
yesterday afternoon, had not yet

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cancelled today's flights. By early
afternoon, bus lines throughout the
state were not operating. Amtrak,
hindered by frozen switches and
fallen power lines between here and
Detroit, reported train delays of
several hours. A spokesperson, how-
ever, said train service will continue.
Whether normal transportation
schedules will be met today depends
on the severity of the weather and
road conditions. Ann Arbor buses will
run today on special routes.
Transportation within Ann Arbor
was also curtailed. The Ann Arbor
Transportation Authority (AATA)

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disbanded normal Dial-A-Ride and
handicapped passenger services
early in the morning, and city buses
stopped operating after 2 p.m. Uni-
versity bus service between Central
and North Campuses and the Nite
Owl service were discontinued after
dark. Today's prospects for normal
local bus transportation are uncer-
tain.
ROADS EVERYWHERE were
clogged with drifting snow. All major
arteries into Ann Arbor were closed,
and a "Red Alert" was declared in
the city andcounty. A "Red Alert" is
a warning to motorists to stay off
roads and highways unless an emer-
gency exists..
According to Ann Arbor Police
Chief Walter Krasny, the city's most
pressing problem during the storm
was cars stranded in the middle of
streets. John Milspaugh, the city's
street superintendent, said the stal-
led cars were hampering clean-up
efforts already complicated by deep
drifts and high winds. The city, he
said, had 12 trucks clearing the
streets yesterday.
City schools were shut down,

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cheering some 17,000 youngsters.
Wiley Brownlee, assistant( superin-
tendent for the school system, who
made the decision to close the
schools, said today's decision will be
made early in the morning and
depends on road conditions. Public
libraries in Ann Arbor closed yester-
day, but city offices remained open.
POST OFFICES in Ann Arbor
and Ypsilanti were open yesterday
and will be open today, but mail
pick-ups and deliveries were can-
celled, and a postal spokesperson
said that unless conditions improve,
those activities will be halted today
as well.
Campus mail service was can-
celled yesterday because many of the
trucks were stranded outside the
city.
Scattered power outages were
reported yesterday throughout south-
eastern Michigan.
"Our real problems deal with
transmission problems. Overhead
lines are down. We're getting quite a
few calls from people out of service,"
said Robert Veentra, a spokesman

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for Detroit Edison. "The wors
failures were in Monroe, bu
stra estimated that between
2,000 Ann Arbor customer
affected as well.
"THERE'S NO telling w
happen tomorrow, especial
the predictions of more, sn
heavy winds. We'll be here
the clock in anticipation o
lems," he said.
A spokesperson for the M
Consolidated Gas Co. said the
ing of natural gas'in the ar
sluggish but sufficient.
The University joined man
major midwestern schools
surrendered to the harsh w
Michigan State, Eastern Mi
Indiana, and Ohio State Univ
all cancelled classes.
A FLURRY OF Universit
ities ground to a halt. CRISP
yesterday and will try to
operations today. The Art h
closed early, and groundb
ceremonies for an addition
University Law Library, sc
for today, were put off.
Dormitory food deliverie
cancelled, but several dieticie
they expect no problems today
is not delivered. West Quad
ician, Rosa Davis, said she g
from grocery stores.Davis sa
products, such as mild and
had not arrived on schedu
added that the University has
milk in storage to last out the
Yesterday's storm marke
the third time in the last half4
that the University cancelled
University President Robbei
ing said such a decision is ma
discussions with the Univ
vice-presidents.
"I CONSULT WITH the fi
and academic executives," t
The academic officer consul
the deans of the various scho

closes
t power* takes recommendations from them.
t Veen- It is literally impossible to close the.
500 and entire University because of the
s were hospital, the heating plant and
dormitory officials."
According to Jack Weidenbach, the
hat will University director of physical prop-
ly with erties, "There is really no difficulty
ow and right now as far as the physical plant
around (of the University) is concerned,
f prob- other than clearing away the tre-
mendous amount of snow." Weiden-
ichigan bach said he doubts water piper or
supply- the University power plant were
ea was harmed by the storm.
In addition to those unfortunate
iy other enough to have been caught in the
which storm, yesterday's biggest losers
veather. were local merchants. "For the re-
chigan, tailers, Thursday and Friday are two
ersities of their busiest days. The restaurants
--no doubt about it, they're going to
be hurt," said Chamber of Com-
y activ- merce Director Jim Frenza.
closed Most industry, he said, was shut
resume down.
duseum A survey of businesses near cam-
reaking pus found most shops and banks
to the closed. Of those which remained
heduled open, only the bars seemed to be
doing business as usual.
s were A "Blizzard Special" at Dooley's--
ans said half-priced drinks--proved popular.
y if food
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got food This story, written by Jay Levin, was corn-
id dairy piled from files from Daily staff writers
yogurt, Richard Berke, Brian Blanchard, David
ile, but Goodman, Gregg Krupa, Keith Richburg,
enough Dennis Sabo, Pauline Toole, Sue Warner and
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