36 years later: Remembering the blizzard of 1978

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Thirty six years ago, Michiana was digging out from a blizzard.

The blizzard of 1978 left the area shoveling out for days.

Two storms hit, one here in the Midwest, and another in New England.

It closed schools for weeks, and conditions were even more dangerous for police and firefighters who were faced with paralyzing challenges while responding to emergency calls.

NewsCenter 16 talked to several people who lived in South Bend back in 1978.

"It was a different kind of storm,” recalled Pat Ruszkowski. “This is cold, this has been a long one. This was hit all at once and pretty much put the city in hybernation for three days."

Penny Woods remembers the snow.

"It was extremely deep. You couldn't really going anywhere. They had everything closed and shut down. Pretty much kids would go out and play, but that's about it you couldn't do anything," she described.

“This isn't the same kind of storm,” explained William Berry. “This is a lot of snow and cold. The wind with that and having it all come down at once was what made it so bad."


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