Mulkey, who lives on Tillman Avenue near Walter Wellborn High School, said she started trying to ease the flow of cars outside her home shortly after Calhoun County Schools dismissed students before 11 a.m. A lot of them, she said, didn’t make it straight home.
“We live at the top of the hill and there was a patch of ice,” Mulkey said. “So a lot of them came right up and hit it, and into the ditch.”
Mulkey said she stood outside in the snow for seven hours Tuesday, trying to persuade drivers not to bother climbing the hill in their cars. She wasn’t entirely successful — she said Thursday there were still several cars stuck in a ditch near her home — but said she persuaded most to stay put, or find another way out.
“We had to help a lot of parents who came by to get their kids who were stuck,” Mulkey said. “There were some crews coming by too, and we showed them where to go to get people out.”
And of course, a state trooper, who also was trying to help out some of the stuck drivers. Mulkey said she had to direct him safely down the hill.
“Just trying to make sure everyone stayed safe,” Mulkey said.