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Metro Detroit Digs Out, Cleans Up

POSTED: 10:37 am EST February 7, 2008
UPDATED: 1:45 pm EST February 7, 2008

School is out for thousands of Michigan children as the state cleans up from a major snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas.

A film of snow remained on the region's roadways during Monday morning's rush hour. Salt trucks have been out, taking care of the major roads. Ramps, however, remained slippery.

Residential and side streets remained covered with snow and ice.

Plow drivers were out all night.

"Yeah, you keep going until you're done," said snow plow driver Ryan Auito. "You know, you can't leave your customers stranded, so a lot of coffee, a lot of energy drinks and just keep on going."

More than 200 public school districts and private schools canceled Thursday's classes, as did many community colleges.

State police operator Amanda Heinrich reports hundreds of crashes statewide. AAA Michigan says it helped more than 5,100 motorists Wednesday, many in spinout accidents, and hundreds more Thursday morning.

Accidents were reported scattered throughout the area, including a head-on collision near Saline on Wednesday, which killed an 18-year-old high school student.

Authorities said freezing rain was a factor in the accident, which happened at Michigan Avenue and Schill Road. Police said that one or both cars lost control, one driven by a 24-year-old Clinton Township Woman and the other driven by Sable Rose Martin.

Martin, a student at Saline High School, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The other woman was taken to University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, where her condition is unknown.

The weather caused several school closings in the area for Thursday with the list continuing to grow.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Tilley says up to 16 inches of snow fell between Flint and Saginaw. Flint's Bishop Airport recorded a foot -- a record for the date.

In Allen Park earlier Wednesday, rain and a water main break combined to flood the streets, where high water stranded some drivers and canceled schools.

One stranded driver said he waited for nearly an hour before a tow truck showed up to get his car out of water.

Another driver, Shannon Linski, was running late trying to get her son to school. She did not make it through the water, either.

As it turned out, her son's school was closed because of a water main break.

The break and a flooded creek made the problem even worse in the Allen Park area. By Wednesday morning, some of the water had started to recede.

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