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Impact of blizzard still being felt

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The Blizzard of 2013 buried cars and blanketed roads with record snowfall making travel throughout most of New England impossible.

One stranded passenger, Laura Daniels, said "Snow was up to my waist yesterday. Some of the drifts were over my head. It was a lot."

Daniels has been trying to catch a flight out of Manchester, New Hampshire for two days.

"It's been a little bit of a nightmare."00:46:02 "we've been on the phone maybe 10-12 hours trying to get other flights." said Daniels.

She finally gave up and drove two hours to Burlington where flights are now running on time and airlines are in overdrive to get stranded passengers to their destinations.

Doug Wood of the Burlington International Airport said Sunday, "To get these people out is much easier to fill the seats because there are no delays."

The storm caused roughly 5800 flights to be cancelled nationwide. But here in Burlington the airport never closed and officials say the majority of their cancellations were due to issues in other hubs.

"We had enough snow removal vehicles out there and in a way it was good luck there wasn't any flights but if there was we were ready for it." said Wood.

Vermont was also ready to help its Southern neighbors. Sunday morning the Agency of Transportation dispatched 35 employees and 60 pieces of equipment to help clear roads in Massachusetts.

VTRANS crew chief, Tammy Ellis, describes the challenges her team is facing in Boston, "It's been more than a crazy 24 hours for most of this crew because everyone who is here worked all through the snow storm as it went through Vermont. What I'm seeing on some of these side streets is just piles of snow right up over the tops of cars. So there's really no where to plow the snow to."

Vermont crews will work through the night -- and for the next four days -- hauling snow away.

Back in the Green Mountains ski areas are celebrating the extra white stuff. Smugglers' Notch says after a dry January it needed the snow. The resort welcomed 2 to 3000 more skiers and riders than normal.

Steve Wry, of Smugglers' Notch said, "Yesterday (Saturday) was our busiest day of the year and as you can see today's pretty busy too."

Local skier Leo LaBonte of Essex Junction commented, "In the parking lot I knew every other person that was pulling in so it seems to be a lot of local folks here."

Arron Merenda, skier from Connecticut said, "It was an experience."

Merenda drove through the storm to make it to the mountain, happy he dodged conditions back home.

"They got 38 inches I think. They're pretty snowed in right now. So I'm glad we're up here." said Merenda.

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