Man trapped in Atlanta's snow storm, then Raleigh's just days later

akenney@newsobserver.comFebruary 14, 2014 

Ian Geery works 200 feet up on a "guyed" cell phone tower in this undated photo.

COURTESY OF IAN GEERY

Ian Geery didn't see much snow growing up in Phoenix. He got his fill this winter, having been trapped in both Raleigh and Atlanta's snowstorm shutdowns.

Geery, a field technician who works on cellular towers, was working high on a 180-foot tower in Atlanta when the last major snowstorm rolled through.

He and his crew were trapped on Atlanta freeways for 6 hours as they tried to escape the city. Only their Ford F-250 got them past the chaotic freeways, where they saw countless cars immobilized and at least one out-of-control tractor-trailer, and into a motel.

Less than two weeks later, he and his team rolled into Raleigh just hours before this week's weather.

It was supposed to be their last stop in a 10-day work rotation, with a departure on Thursday night. Instead, he's stuck at a Best Western hotel until Saturday.

"We're basically arriving at these cities as they're just getting pounded by snow," said Geery, who is working on the East Coast for training. In Raleigh, at least, they saved time by sticking to backstreets in their Ford F-250 - a lesson they learned in Atlanta.

"We were only on the road for about an hour, an hour and a half longer than we were supposed to be," said Geery, 26.

He doesn't seem to mind the misfortune, but he's had about enough. "I'm really ready for them to open their office in Phoenix," he said, referring to his employer.

Read more about Raleigh's storm here.

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