Winter Blast causes headache for travelers

By Tracy Clemons – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- Buses at the Greyhound station in Downtown Shreveport have been parked ever since they pulled in Thursday. Greyhound hopes to get them back on the road Saturday.

Across town at the Shreveport Regional Airport, flights in and out are cancelled until further notice.

Chris Bonsib was supposed to fly from Shreveport to Fort Wayne, Indiana to visit her in-laws.

"The 7:30 flight was canceled yesterday, and then re-booked to 1:00 today. But that's canceled."

Fort Wayne was just her first stop. She'd planned to drive from there to meet her husband in Chicago, watch the Super Bowl there, and then watch him give a presentation for work.

"So I'm in Shreveport for the Super Bowl on the weekend, and I'm just out now playing in the snow when I get outside," she says.

A group of travelers was also stuck at the Greyhound station.

"...from Bastrop, Louisiana. And I've been here two days," says Curtis Ozenne. He's traveling to Lafayette.

And Metcal Abdallah tells KSLA News 12 that his trip is special to him. He's going to Batesville, Mississippi.

"I got released yesterday. I'm a free man, and I want to go home to my family, but I'm stuck here."

Though the stranded riders try to stay upbeat, it gets difficult.

"Very frustrating. We don't have no food. None of the food courts are open or anything. Just been stuck here and not able to get home to our families," Curtis Ozenne says.

"I almost feel like walking to be honest with you," says Abdallah.

Chris Bonsib says she's more disappointed than frustrated.

"My husband's work will carry on, hopefully with Sunday travel. But I was disappointed not to be able to see Steve's parents this weekend. We had been looking forward to that."

We're told Delta is the only airline trying to get a flight in to Shreveport today. It's a flight inbound from Atlanta. Airport spokesman Bill Cooksey tells KSLA News 12 that crews are working on the runway to get it clear and keep it that way in hopes of resuming flights Saturday.

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