It turns out that Portland isn’t the only place with problems dealing with record snowstorms. Via the International Herald Tribune
Nothing moved. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Planes didn’t fly, the city’s landmark red buses didn’t run, trains never showed up, traffic didn’t flow, and no one, of course, could find a taxi.
Transit officials had nearly a week to prepare for the widely predicted storm, called the worst in nearly two decades, but they failed to maintain a semblance of normalcy in the capital.
The misery went far beyond London’s aged Underground subway system. The capital’s airports briefly shut down, with more than 700 flights canceled throughout the day and thousands of passengers stranded. And the city’s extensive bus network was completely closed during the morning rush hour because of the snow and ice.
Roadways remained opened but colossal traffic jams developed because of fender benders and more serious accidents.
Mayor Boris Johnson, facing his first major City Hall crisis, conceded the city did not have the snowmoving equipment needed to keep rail and road traffic flowing in the face of the heaviest snowfall in 18 years.