ALEXANDER – The weather might be brutal, but there are some great stories of classic Manitoba generosity coming out of the storm too.
Folks in the small town of Alexander have been helping drivers stranded on closed highways since Monday.
Byron Purchase is one of those drivers – he even celebrated his birthday on the side of the road yesterday.
“I do consider these people here now our friends. They’ve taken good care of us. I look out my window right now, I can see about 70 trucks lined up.”
He says volunteers are cruising around on 4x4s, transporting people to an emergency shelter to get food and water.
“A couple of kids are driving around asking if anybody needed any help. We got stopped and asked, so I went in and grabbed a bag of groceries. They had sandwiches and cakes and cookies. A young kid came by last night and gave us a pot of chili and some more water.”
Purchase says he’s got lots of fuel and has been able to get some sleep in the truck.