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January 1, 2013

Knoxville residents continue digging out from snow dusting

Knoxville residents Tuesday continued digging out from a winter storm that brought life to a standstill where some areas were buried under a half-centimeter of snow -- the city's heaviest accumulation in several years. City of Knoxville Emergency Management Director Davis Bell-Smith said the light dusting of wet snow that fell Saturday night left local road conditions so poor that motorists were stuck for hours before their cars could be freed. Local grocery stores sold out of bread, milk, eggs and other staples. Officials said it could be several days before shelves are restocked. Bell-Smith said he expects road crews to finish clearing roads by Friday. But he admitted it could take residents longer to dig out their driveways. "It's pretty bad out on the streets," he said. "Hopefully the rain will help. If not, we're confident that FEMA can help us shoulder the burden. In the meantime, for God's sake be careful out there."

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