Hundreds stranded at Augusta Marriott

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Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Most hotels are in the CSRA are full to capacity.

Hundreds without power are booking rooms to find some kind of relief from the storm.

In the halls of the Augusta Marriott, News 12 found people from all over the country.

An award-winning choir from Minnesota.

Plus, a husband all the way from Tifton.

And a father of three from Evans.

"I didn't want to put the girls at risk at ages 10, 7, and 6," Brain Rabun said.

These three are just one percent of the people stuck inside the Augusta Marroitt.

The 300-plus room hotel is booked to capacity.

The ice on the outside causing trees to fall over, wrecks on Gordon Highway and lots of power outages are to blame.

"We just got in yesterday afternoon," Rabun said. "We live out in Evans and we lost power around lunch."

The St. Olaf Acapella Choir is stranded after performing at a local church. The next stop on their tour was cancelled because of roads like this.

"We got to Augusta and were hit with the ice. We can deal with snow in Minnesota but nobody can deal with ice," Antone Armstrong, St. Olaf Choir conductor, said.

While the icy roads held hundreds hostage,some still managed to at least keep their vocal chords warm.

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