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Drivers return to normal life

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As roads and bridges in the area re-opened late Wednesday morning, life for truck drivers and other Southeast Texans slowly returned to normal.

After the latest batch of frigid weather, the Texas Department of Transportation closed major roadways Tuesday evening, stranding hundreds of 18-wheelers overnight.

The Petro truck stop looked like a maze with big rigs, grid locked everywhere.

Jared Gordon was headed to Louisiana from Dallas, he said like many others, he was forced to spend the night in his truck.  

"They had the road blocked headed east bound so I pulled over here to get something to eat," he said. "When I came out I saw I couldn't go any further."

Although the closures proved to be inconvenient, drivers from up north like Bud Whited, said he understood the safety precaution.

"They got good reason [to close the roads,] you guys aren't used to it," he said. "It doesn't happen a lot down here."

Tractor-trailer drivers were not the only ones affected, Cecilia Mott works at the Waffle House off I-10 near Walden Rd. She said they were operating on a skeleton crew since employees were unable to drive to work.

"I had to park a distance and walk to work in order to get here after a small detour," she said. "We had a lot of traffic, a lot of truckers, a lot of customers."

However, she said she wasn't complaining.

"Oh it's been good as far as sales and money in my pocket," she said. "It's been a good day."

The area may not see icy weather too often but road crews, first responders and even drivers made the most of their situation.

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