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St. Joseph County reopens roads Tuesday

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Michiana is just emerging from an "arctic lock-down."

Businesses, restaurants, schools, government agencies, and even the roads were closed!

When the driving ban was lifted Tuesday at noon, people could get out and about. FOX28 was there before AND after the roads reopened.

Driver Linda Toth was ran some errands Tuesday afternoon. She says, "When they lifted the ban at 12:00 today, I thought, 'Oh, finally! I can get out, see people, and just be free again!'"

Toth couldn't wait to re-join civilization at her local Whole Foods. She says the first time she ventured out on Grape Road after the ban, it looked a little deserted. Road conditions still aren't perfect, but Toth doesn't mind it that much. She says, "It was nice not having a lot of traffic. I appreciated being able to go like 33 miles an hour. You know, you get bogged down with a lot of traffic, especially on Grape Road."

Toth had been cooped up in her house the past three days, and she says she did just about everything to keep herself busy. "Brushing up on my Spanish, taking my Internet Spanish class, catching up with Facebook and all my other Internet connections, cleaning my house, until I think I've run out of cleaning materials," she adds.

Guys like Russ Creasser have also felt the effects of the arctic lock-down, "Well, we've been cooped up for three days, so I've been watching A LOT of movies, that sort of thing."

So when the streets were open, he says he couldn't wait to get to his favorite restaurant fast enough! Clearly, people across Michiana are glad their polar vortex-imposed hibernation is finally over!

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