How to make the most of a big snow storm, says ‘fantastic’ photographer
“It was really good weather and it felt like the whole world was coming out of the woods and the trees were just hanging over the edge,” said Breckenridge resident Laura Bemel, adding she had never seen such a big storm.
“It’s a really big storm, and we had no idea how big it was going to get,” she said.
Bemel was watching as the storm came ashore.
After a brief pause, she watched the storm come up on top of her house.
The storm quickly moved out to sea, and it took hours for the wind to slow, but the snow melted quickly.
She had to go back inside, and now her house is back to normal.
“It was great to be back home, because I’ve never seen snow so much, and the snow is nice,” she added.
At first, the snow was falling slowly.
But when it started to move faster, she had to speed up her snow shoveling.
Once it got to a few feet per second, she said, it began to turn into a huge snow avalanche.
“I was just amazed,” Bemels said.
“I don’t know how I got so lucky.”
Bemels has lived in Breckensridge since 2008.
While she was home, she and her husband were able to get up to the top of the mountains and see the snow from a few hundred feet above.
“That was one of the best days of my life,” she recalled.
“When I finally got down and saw the snow, I just couldn’t believe it.”
She said the snow had melted completely, and she had just one concern for her family: They had to evacuate.
“They had been out of town for about an hour and a half, and they were all gone,” she laughed.
Even though the storm was not as big as some of the other big storms of the past few years, she still was not prepared for what was ahead.
“The storm was so large that we couldnt do much more than just sit and watch,” she admitted.
In some areas, snow removal was expected to take days, if not weeks.
As the storm approached Breckenhurst, the winds had picked up and the area was already packed with cars, trucks and other vehicles.
But Bemeled said she was lucky that she was able to drive her car safely and quickly to safety.
It was a miracle she did not get hit by a vehicle.
When it came time to evacuate Breckenfords house, Bemeling’s husband and a friend of his were the only ones who stayed behind to help.
And now, Bemis house has been reopened to the public.
Her husband was also able to leave on foot and help with snow removal, and his mother and son also helped out.
“My mom and son came out to help,” she noted.
Breckenfield is home to one of Tasmania’s most famous landmarks, the Victorian Mansion at the foot of Mount St. Helens.
This was where the first settlers arrived in the region in the early 17th century, and today, visitors can visit the grounds and see it from any vantage point.
Visitors can also explore the surrounding forests, and Bemelin and her family have been enjoying the view of the valley.
During the storm, she was surprised to see how much snow fell, and even more so, how much the ground seemed to buckle under the weight.
“All the houses were falling apart, and I think it was because the wind was just going crazy,” she joked.
“You couldnt see the house that I had been sleeping in, but I saw it in the distance and it was completely blown off.”
The Bemesels were able the snow stayed in place, and Breckenburg has had plenty of snow to deal with this year.
Since the storm struck, the town has been experiencing the aftermath of the storm and people have been coming out to get snow shoveled, to clean up the roads and to see the sights.
“We are lucky that it didn’t get worse and get bigger and bigger,” said Bemela.
“As a resident, I think we have done a lot of good things.”
Bemis family were able get to their home safely.
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