Road closures leave Manitobans stranded in North Dakota
The Red Cross tweeted a photo Feb. 19, 2013 of an emergency shelter set up at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks for stranded travellers.
Published Monday, February 18, 2013 11:25PM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 19, 2013 5:21PM CST
Highways on both sides of the border between Manitoba and North Dakota were closed Monday evening leaving dozens of Canadians stranded in the United States.
Interstate 29 between the border and Grand Forks was closed due to blowing snow and poor visibility. Highway 75 north of the border was also closed for most of the evening but re-opened after 11 p.m.
Many Manitobans in North Dakota over the long weekend were left scrambling to find accommodations.
Winnipeg City Councillor Jeff Browaty was among them. Anticipating the road closures, he booked a hotel room early in the day.
“We were lucky,” he said. “But while we were checking in there were numerous people at the front desk trying to check into our hotel as well as making phone calls to other hotels. As far as I can tell, Grand Forks is basically full tonight.”
The Red Cross said on Twitter it helped serve 226 people at an emergency shelter at the Alerus Centre.
Late Tuesday afternoon, wait times at the border were listed at more than two hours as travellers made their way home after the border reopened.