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Strong Wind Closes Great Bear Park

January 14, 2014, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Strong Wind Closes Great Bear Park

Tuesday's fierce winds are wreaking havoc all over KELOLAND.  It's disrupting everything from travel to winter fun.

When the wind is high, so are the risks.  At Great Bear Recreation Park, the skiing hills are closed due to strong winds that could derail the chair lifts from the cable lines and cause them to crash to the ground.

"It's never happened, but that's the main concern and the safety of the kids trying to unload the chairs and trying to get down the hill itself," Jill Lerdal of Great Bear Recreation Park said.

Even if they would be open, they don't think it would be that much fun.

"I think at this point, they'd probably go sideways as much as forward," Lerdal said.

Going forward down the highway is a struggle too.  Rick Ecklein of Salem has only been driving this beast of a motor home for over a month, but luckily, he has years of truck driving experience on his side.

"You know every once in awhile, there would be a real hard gust and you just had to hang on," Ecklein said.

Truck drivers say fighting the wind has been difficult trying to keep it between the ditches.

"When I hit a bridge or some place that's shielded by the wind, you would have to correct for that," Tom Doddek said.

But they want to be careful not to overcorrect.  The wind chill definitely has a bite, but it can also sting you in other ways.

"Oh yeah, yeah, yeah; it's hard on the pocketbook," Doddek said.

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