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snow. rivers of ice flooding homes, as the big dig gets under way. travel mess. tens of thousands of travelers stranded. airports under a virtual ground freeze. convoys of snow plows clearing the roads. how long till travelers get where they need to go? >race for 2016. one week till iowa. the new numbers out tonight. donald trump surging past ted cruz in the hawkeye state. on the run. ree men considered extremely dangerous, accused of murder and torture, busting out. inside their escape plan. tonight, the manhunt, the new reward, and why they may be hiding in plain sight. and, crash for cash? the man accused of staging more than 20 car accidents and getting his victims to pay. it's part of a multi-billion dollar industry. now, how driversrsre fighting
thanks for joining uss on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with one of the fiercest winter storms on record. stretching across 1,000 miles, from louisiana to new england. leaving at least 25 people dead. blinding snow, fierce winds, with the bull's-eye on new york city. and from washington to new england, streets narrowed to a single lane. cars hard to see. and backhoes being used in washington, with the capitol in the distance. and a river of ice in the streets. and the storm grounding more than 12,000 flights. rob marciano, leading us off tonight. >> reporter: the snow's stopped
reeling from this monstrous blizzard, the battle is not over. firefighters in virginia struggling to dig fire hydrants out of three feet of snow to battle. roofs collapsing under the weight of all that snow. dozens displaced from this apartment complex in virginia. this church in pennsylvania caving in just hours before sunday services. even the redskins' practice dome deflated. today, the big digout, that is, if y y could even get to y yr car. new yorkers climbing four or five-foot drifts to reach them. the view from above capturing the scope. the nation's capitol shut down. winds gusting to 75 miles per hour. new york city suddenly finding itself in the bull's-eye. at least 25 deaths now blamed on the storm. a new jersey mom and her son tragically lost to carbon
up in a running car. in new york, 26.8 inches of snow, a 24-hour record, and just 0.1 of an inch shy of the all time record of 2006. the biggest record in baltimore, 29.2 inches. cracking the top five i i d.c. and philly, too. our own gloria riviera is in reston, virginia. >> look at this. that's pavement. that's a good sign. the plows have been through this area. but, all that snowowas to go somemeere, and look at thihi it's a snow wall and it's past my waist and it's barricading every car in the block in. >> reporter: huge piles in new york city building up. and two feet of snow falling in such a cramped space is not easy to work aroun or get rid of. >> thank you. and now, to the travelers caught by the storm. tens of thousands of them stranded on n e highways,
trapped for nearly 20 hours. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, drivers stranded in that endless gridlock in some cases for 30 hours, finally free. 7:30 friday night, this church bus, packed with 37 students and 10 chaperones, gets stuck on the pennsylvania turnpike, the blizzard intensifying. >> it was bitter cold. it was in the teens, if not colder. >> reporter: early the next morning, still stuck, the students turn into good samaritans, helping out other drivers. >> we gave them food and some of them came and stayed on the bus with us. >> reporter: yesterday afternoon, freedom. but ten miles behind them, another school group is still barricaded in the snow. it takes them 11 more hours to get out, 30 hours total in blizzard gridlock. that group holding mass to lift the spirits of the marooned travelers. >> reporter: the last group of stuck cars, finallllable to get moving this morning. and tonight, everyone is on the road home.
we all glad we had each other. >> reporter: while the roads may be clearing, the concern turns to black ice, with melted snow that could freeze agagn. >> thanknkyou. and it wasn't just the snow and wind that battered the coast, but flooded streets forced people from their homes and trapped others. here's linzie janis. >> reporter: record-breaking flooding in parts of new jersey, worse than super storm sandy. huge waves s smerging towns in over nine feet of water. roads turned into rushing rivers. huge chunks of ice floating down the streets. now, the people here, cleaning up. at high tide, dominic piro's deli in north wildwood, taking on two feet of water.
sandy. >> reporter: hundreds of people had to be rescued from the flood waters. like this man in ocean city, and this little girl carried out of her home by police. we tagged along as emergency workers helped this elderly woman retutu to her apartment. you're home. >> i'm home. >> reporter: this is what the town of stone harbor looks like now, but take a look what it was like saturday. more than three feet of standing water in the streets. but tonight, some towns faring better than expected. belmar, staying dry. and back heree in the deli, the flood waters are completely gone. but this pile just some of the stuff he's going to have to throw away. tom, he says he hopes to be back in business by the summmm. >> linzie, thank you so much.
of the east coast's transportationhubs. airline passengers are still stuck, waiting for a flight out. here's david kerley. >> reporter: so much snow to clear. plows and trucks working all day at an empty washington, d.c., airport. no planes, no passengers. a ghost town. >> please maintain control of your personal belongings. >> reporter: some hopeful passengers in new york -- >> i just want to get out of here and go home. >> reporter: -- told they are going nowhere. >> i showed up at the airport and the airport's closed. >> reporter: already more than 800 flights cancelled for totorrow. bringing the stormrmotal to about 12,000, as all that snow is moved. and it's not just out on the airfield. a lot is going on behind the scenes, and workers have to be able to get to their positions in order for the airport to re-open. the closure of the major airports in the east has a ripple effect across the entire country -- delays and cancellations. and even overseas, some international flights can'n'get in. michaeaekurth is stranded in
>> in total, it will come out to be about 48 hours or more of travel. >> reporter: amtrak rail, running reduced service during the storm, is coming back. regional and city rail, far from full service at new york's penn station. >> we got stranded and had to stay one more night. >> reporter: but this afternoon, a few flights starting to take off from northern airports. this one at new york's laguardia. the real question is, tomorrow's commute. and with all this snow to move, it's unlikely that any of the commutes will be smooth. tom? >> so many stuck tonight. david, thank you so much. and rob is back. we see all the snow, the cold air. e we going to see a warm-up anytime soon? >> we will, but not tonight. temperatures around the freezing mark.
refreeze. a lot of black ice and slick spototfrom new york to d.c. temps in the 20s and even teens. and go just 35 north of the city, and snow amounts about six inches, butbelow that, two feet of snow. some will melt, getting to more seasonable temperatures. iiet a lot of the snow will still be here by the end of the week. a new poll tonight with good newswsor d dald trump. surging past ted cruz there, taking the lead. marco rubio and ben carson, ron paul, all behind them. in new hampshire, trump ahead of cruz by double digits. cecilia vega has it all from iowa tonight. i >> reporter: donald trump kicking off his sunday on the campaign trail, right here in an iowa church.
surroundnd by 2,000 supportersrs >> so, this is crunch time. >> reporter: and one protester. the man in the red turban interrupted trump as he spoke about terrorism. security escorting him out, the crowd went wild. and from trump? >> he wasn't wearing one of those hats, was he? was he weari one of those? and he never will.l. >> reporter: that double-digit lead, largely due to first-time caucus goers, backing the brash billionaire, like the young family i met today. you are going to caucus for donald tru? >> we are, first time. >> reporter: why? >> he is relatable. >> he's not the politician you see every year running. he w wts change. >> something different about him. he's not scripted. >> reporter: his gop rivals, still hoping for a victory of their own. >> voters here take their vote very seriously. >> wow! >> reporter: it was texas senator ted cruz's younger personality on full display in this new clip posted on youtube.
>> reporter: the lanky teenager, talking about his life goals, seems to kw exactly what he wants. >> take over the world, world domination, you know, rule everything. rich, powerful, that sort of stuff. >> reporter: dominating the airwaves overnight. >> i wanted to take a break from my full-time career of writing things on facebook. >> reporter: "snl"'s version of trump and sarah palin, played by none other than tina fey. a lot of laughter last night, but the race is just as heated on the democratic side. hillary clinton's biggest event, 600 people showed up. for sanders, the number was 2,000. >> thank you. and to southern california,
may be hiding in plain sight. here's lauren lyster. >> reporte tonight, investigators say this dark rooftop surveillance video shows the moment three inmates escaped a maximum security jail. the flashes of light, believed to be the inmates. the fbi and u.s. marshals, joining the desperate search for hossein nayeri, jonathan tieu, and bac tien duong. >> two of them in custody for murder,nd onene of them for mayhem, kidnapping. i consider them very dangerous individuals. >> reporter: the inmates, escaping their dorm-style cell by cutting this hole through a grate, climbing through the plumbing, then breaking through five other secured areas. that's how they made it to an unsecured portion of this roof, rappelling down the side of the building using a makeshift rope. the inmates were last seen friday morning at around 5:00 a.m. they weren't discovered missing
manhunt late friday night. >> reporter: the family of the youngest fugitive, in disbelief. vestigators say the plan was sophisticated and well-thought out. the fbi and u.s. marshals now offering a $50,000 reward toto find the missisi men. tom? >> thank you. still ahead, one man, and nearly two dozen car accidents. is he the worlrls unluckiest driver, or was he something else? and annest earthquake, felt almost 200 miles away. those stories and more, coming up. introducing centrum vitamints.
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finally tonight, with so much of the country shivering in cold temperatures, you don't want your furnace to stop working. but one mother in pittsburgh had here's john donvan. >> reporter: what this furnace pittsbsbgh needed the other day because it was dead, cold broken. >> it was freezing in here. so i checked the thermostat and in the house. >> reporter: now, normally, she'd turn to her mama furnace fixexe her husband robert.
country. still, with two kids at home, she reached out to robert anyway, by text. but ultimately it wasn't >> reporter: so bridget gave in and calls this guy, paul betlyn, who headed right over, even though -- >> i'm not supposed to be doing work. i just had a knee rereacement. >> repepter: and so, paul betlyn goes inside this thing with a screwdriver, while bridget >> you know, my husband really would have been able to figure this out but he's gegeing ready to d dloy. >> reporter: well, betlyn gets the thing going again. the furnace gets its spark, and so did he. in his heart, when he writes out the bill. >> i couldn't say it because i would get emotional. so i wrote, night call deployment special. $1. >> reporter: that's right. what would have been a bill for about $150, he wrote down to a buck. and even that, he wouldn't take from bridget. >> thank you, very, very much. >> reporter: "it's the kind of thing you read about," bridget
which is why, tonight, for this fanily of four, one far away, the house and home feel especially warm. and not just because the furnace is back working. john donvan, abc news, new york. >> "gma" first thing tomorrow morning, david will be back tomorrow night. i'm m llamas in new york. good night."it's so great to be back " some eastern iowans stuck in the snow storm out east are back in dubuque this evening. and we go one-on-one with senator marco rubio, one day after he received an endorsement from a major iowa newspaper. you're watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour news source, this is kcrg-tv9 news at 5:30. traffic on interstate e 0 was at
several hours today near coralville, after a crash. the crash happened before 1:30 this afternoon at the coral ridge mall exit of interstate 380. traffic was stop-and-go, and was down to one lane for part of the afternoon. this is what the crash scene looked like earlier today. we're working to get more information on how many vehicles were involved and if anyone was injured. we'll have the latest on tv9 news at ten and on kcrg.com. des moines police are investigating g eir first homicide of 20-16. police were out for a welfare check on a woman living at 14-13 pioneer road in des moines about 4:30 this morning. that's when they found the body of 71-year-old norma mcneeley. police say her death is suspicious in nature. a group of eastern iowans