Snowstorm leaves Southern California mountain communities stranded

Crews are plowing roads 24 hours a day so people can access basic necessities.
Snowpacked and icy road in Southern California
Posted at 1:22 PM, Mar 06, 2023

A massive snowstorm has left some people in Southern California mountain communities stranded. 

San Bernardino County is under a state of emergency following back-to-back storms last week. Some mountain communities are dealing with more than 20 feet of snow.

County officials say crews are plowing roads 24 hours a day to make them passable so residents can seek basic necessities. The county serviced about 33 miles of roadways over the weekend. It says 77 miles still need to be serviced.

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Officials said they don't want to give the impression that everyone in the mountain communities is locked down. Some people have reportedly been able to use heavy-duty vehicles to navigate the treacherous conditions.

"I've seen them from the air. They are moving around. Some are able to walk close enough to receive groceries and supplies and things are certainly doing that," said San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus. 

The Red Cross has set up shelters at World High School and Redlands East Valley High School for people who can't get to their homes. 

The timeline to make all the roads accessible was originally two weeks after the storms. However, Dicus said they expect it to now take one week because additional resources have been brought in to help.

Rocio Franco shovels the snow from the open of her driveway.

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