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Work crews encourage emergency kits for all drivers

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When the snow fell and melted it quickly turned to ice and turned roads into skating rinks.

"They were terrible. It was just complete ice," Holly Rowe said.

On Wednesday, it's how she described her scary and slick ride home Tuesday night.

"I literally saw, no exaggeration, possibly 15 cars go into a ditch on the way home," Rowe said.

She said the drive from the Haywood Road area in Greenville to Hwy 101 in Greer took hours.

"From 5:30 to 11 to get home," Rowe said.

She said because of closed roads and icy road that turned to parking lots, she also found herself stranded.

"I was worried.  You know, am I gonna run out of gas, you know, should I walk home?" Rowe said.

Jay Marett and his team monitor weather and road conditions.

"The best thing to do is stay in your car, stay warm and wait for help," Marett said.

He's the deputy director with Greenville County Emergency Management and said all drivers should have an emergency kit in their cars.

"If you have specific needs such as medications that you may need to take on a regular basis, keep some of those with you," Marett said.

A kit can include hand warmers, water, snacks and a blanket.

"If you have a child, make sure you have enough diapers  and formula," Marett said.

He said that way if you're stranded, you'll be safe until you can get home.

"I've really never been so scared," Rowe said.


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