January 28, 2014
Well it happened again. It snowed in Georgia. Only this time it will become one for the records on how a Governor, a Mayor, and Government School Officials helped to create a historical state disaster that will be the center of discussion for years to come.
As I type this, there are people who have been stuck in their vehicles since 2pm today. It’s 10:58 pm EST now.
It began yesterday when our local weather guru, Kirk Mellish, WSB Radio Atlanta, began to warn everyone about the probability of a sleet/snow mix to hit central and southern Georgia beginning today at around 1:00pm. He told us to expect about 1 inch in the city and upwards to 2-3 inches south all the way to Columbus. Thats not very far from the Florida state line.
The Dept of Transportation bragged about how prepared they were for this impending weather event. We heard all the usual hype about how they learned there lessons last time this happened and how history would not repeat itself. They had everything planned and under control.
The mayor of Atlanta assured the residents in the city that everything was going to be just fine. History will not repeat itself.
5:45 am – Climb into my 1989 MR2 and leave my Newnan home to take the 60 mile drive to my office.
7:00am – I arrive at my Norcross office. Temperature 28 degrees F. Cloudy and dry.
7:15 am – I leave to head south to Griffin. A 71 mile drive.
9:00am – Arrive in Griffin, to visit a customer. It began sleeting. Temperature of 27 degrees F.
10:30am – Still sleeting and I then head to Peachtree City taking scenic back roads because I know if the weather gets worse the expressways will become a huge clusterfuck. That’s a 40 mile drive.
11:30am – Made it to Riverdale. Sleet has now turned to snow and the roads are beginning to get slick. Several cars in ditches. Memories of our last day time snowfall and how that ended. Hear we go again.
12:45 pm – Sending pics of road conditions to management advising field techs should probably head home.
1:30 pm – I notify techs to head home due to poor road conditions.
One technicians usual 30 min commute home which began at 1:30 pm today ended at a gas station where he is forced to spend the night in his car because all roads are closed. I want to help him but cannot get to him.
By 3:00 pm all of Atlanta is in a complete traffic lock down. Roads were covered with ice and snow and it had only just begun to get bad. No where. Not anywhere are there DOT sand trucks spreading deice mix on any roads. They are no where to be seen. Right now Atlanta is a complete gridlock with vehicles running out of gas, people abandoning their cars and walking in 21 degree weather. Children forced to spend the night in schools because buses and parents are unable to get to them. Thousands of people stranded in traffic including children.
A 20 car pile up on one Interstate.
Even right now, as I type this, news in the background reports people are still stuck in traffic trying to get home. “Thousands are stranded, unable to get out or get home.”
You cannot imagine the anger that Atlanta has right now towards Mayor Kasim Reed and Governor Nathan Deal over another complete failure to prepare it’s citizens for predicted bad weather. They knew for a fact this was coming hours before yet did absolutely nothing. Governor Deal blames commuters for tying up traffic preventing Road crews from spreading sand and salt. Un-fucking believable.
The speed on all major Interstates that are not shut down have traffic flowing about 8 mph. Vehicles accidents everywhere.
Governor Nathan Deal has declared a State of Emergency. The National Guard is being called out.
You will hear people laugh about how screwed up our city is and how dumb us Southerners are because the perception will be that southerners cannot drive in a little snow. You will hear excuses and finger pointing by every elected official in Georgia. Has nothing to do with our driving abilities. It has everything to do with State and Local Officials not knowing their asses from a hole in the ground. They couldn’t plan or prepare for a weather event if their incompetent lives depended on it. This bunch can’t even keep road side storm drains cleaned out. Flooded streets in Atlanta are so common it’s taken for granted around here. Then our Governor points the blame at motorists clogging the freeways as his excuse for roads not being prepared for ice and snow.
Today’s entire snow clusterfuck lies squarely in the hands of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Mayor Kasim Reed and that bunch of mindless and corrupt Atlanta Government School Officials.
This story is far from being over. Heads should roll for this and it should start at the Governors office! -JRoycroft