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Storms strand Valley man in airports for 3 days

(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Heavy rain, snow and ice from dangerous winter storms have been keeping travelers from getting home from the holidays.

On Tuesday, nearly 1,500 flights were canceled. More than 8,600 flights were delayed.

One of the hardest-hit airports has been Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, which has been the home for one Valley man for the past three days. He went back East for the holiday and has been trying to get back since Sunday.

So far, Vinicious Dos Santos said he’s been to Connecticut, Chicago, and on Tuesday, Indianapolis. 

Dos Santos said he landed in Chicago on Sunday afternoon and his flight had a mechanical problem and was canceled. Then, the weather moved in and the problems started in earnest.

Sunday night he slept in the airport and said O'Hare actually provided a cot, blankets, pillows and even a bathroom kit. He spent all Monday trying to catch six different flights to Phoenix but couldn't get a seat on any of them.

“We vanished from the system. There's nothing they could do, ya know,” Dos Santos said.  “It was a difficult situation. It wasn't fun.”

Dos Santos said he allegedly has a flight home Tuesday night. He said American Airlines promised him a voucher for his trouble. 

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