Stranded in the Capital City: One Metairie couple makes the best of it

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 6:05pm

In weather like this, you've heard before, stay inside and stay off the roads. That's easy if you live around here, but what if you don't?

"I don't like it! I just don't like it!," Fernand Dionne said.

Meet Fernand Dionne and his wife Mary Beth's home for the next couple of days. They live in Metairie, but a quick trip here to visit family isn't turning out as quick as they planned.

"I don't like it! I just don't like it!," Fernand exclaimed. "It doesn't feel to good for me because I hate the cold."

"Well we came up here for three days to take care of some family business. My uncle died last year, and we have some more follow up to do for him and my aunt," Mary Beth said. "Now we can't go home because it's too cold and the roads are icy."

But things aren't much better in Metairie where they worry they could go home to no power, which means they'll be staying even longer.

"So if that happens, even if the roads are open, we can't go back home if we don't have any electricity," Mary Beth said.

But they're prepared.

"We have sandwiches and ice cream," Mary Beth said.

"You splurge a little bit with candy and the girls do wine and watch plenty of TV and read," Fernand said.

Fernand and Mary Beth aren't the only one's stranded here.

"As right now, this is my home," Angela Marshall said.

Angela Marshall works here at the hotel the couple is staying at.

"I have learned from the last episode a few days ago that being in a stable place is more comfortable if you're not used to driving on the highway," Angela said. "As right now, this is my home, and when I get off from work, I'll just go to my room, like a couple of the employees here. We are just expecting to stay here, and be one big happy family."

"We miss being in our house, but we have friends and family, and it's a good place to be here. So, if we have to be stuck somewhere, this is a good place to be," Mary Beth said.

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