Michiana fights cabin fever

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Travel restrictions related to the severe weather have been lifted in Michiana.

Emergency declarations expired in St. Joseph County and South Bend at noon today and at 6:00 p.m. in Elkhart County.

Just because it is now legal to hit the road doesn’t mean it is always physically possible.

This afternoon, three neighbors with snow shovels helped dig out the car of Dale Gibson in South Bend’s Triangle Neighborhood.

“Boy I could have never done this myself, this is what good neighbors, I guess, are for,” said Gibson.

Like many journeys of a couple of miles or so, Gibson’s began inch by inch: by gently rocking the car away from the curb and into the street.
“I’ve got to get some stuff at the store and so forth, I guess that’s what I’ll be doing,” said Gibson.

Leaving home is now an option for a man who chose to remain anonymous in the Park Avenue area.

In the dark of night, as he slept, someone shoveled the snow that had his pickup truck confined to the curb.

The man called them the “Wind Chill Commandoes,” after the Christmas Commandos that do those good things and don’t want to be recognized for it.”

Meantime, the bone chilling temperatures were no match for the cabin fever of some kids on South Bend’s near northwest side. They built an igloo in the back yard just to get away.

When asked if it was cold, 5th grader Marty said, “yeah, but I mean if you have all your gloves and all that stuff you get pretty warm and you get a lot warmer when you’re shoveling so, I actually took off my coat because it was so, I was so hot I was sweating from shoveling.”

Jamie Roelandt’s cure for cabin fever involved taking her daughters on a trip to University Park Mall which reopened at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. “Kids get after each other. They fight and get toys out; the house is destroyed so we just got up and left the house as it was today.”

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