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Good Samaritans emerge after storm

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

In and around Hannibal, there are still dozens of cars stranded in the snow, but many more vehicles were freed from their powdery prison Friday thanks to a little bit of teamwork.

The storm passed Thursday, but people finally saw its impact on Friday, as numerous cars remained buried all over the city. 

Whether it was on Mark Twain Avenue or Highway 168, the picture was the same.  Cars were submerged under snow.  As the day went on one by one they dug out, but Mike Blue said he couldn't have done it without help.  He said don't even try it alone.

"You have a problem. Don't hand dig, it's just a waste of time.  Well you couldn't have gotten it out. There's another one up the street waiting up there to do the same thing," Blue said. 

Hannibal Street Supervisor Jim Hoskinn said his crews' main priority was clearing the streets, but they would help free cars in emergency situations. 

"But I mean if you see somebody stranded and they've got kids with them, you're going to stop and help them, but you've got to get the streets open first for Fire, Police, and Ambulance." 

As Brian Selander dug out his car outside the Best Western with some help, he said the best thing people can do is come together and lend out a hand.  

"Oh I feel bad for the ones who were driving yesterday. I think I counted about 60 cars on the side of the road that were either stuck or abandoned and walked away and I helped a couple people out and they helped me. It makes you feel like you're not alone. There isn't as much traffic as normal because they're all dealing with the same thing you are," he said. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says if your car is stuck in a ditch or ran off the shoulder, dial *55 for assistance.

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