Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Snow Jam" in Atlanta or how we don't cope with a few inches of snow

The headlines in the on-line version of the Atlanta paper this morning under the heading of "Frozen in Place":

"Hundreds of kids, teachers stranded at school overnight"
"Motorists stuck on icy roadway for hours on end"
"Governor declares state of emergency for all 159 counties"

Yes, everything comes to a stop when it snows here. Unfortunately this time people had to be rescued from the freeways and taken to shelters and children were stuck overnight at school as bus runs were cancelled and their parents couldn't get there to pick them up.

Meanwhile at Casa Poodle Princess we discovered that she loves, loves, loves snow. Bounding around her little fenced area and licking and biting at the snow. If you have a snow loving dog you get the picture. Her medications are working so her back is feeling better just in time to play.

Hubby will probably be off work today as it isn't going to melt and you can't drive out of our area - hills both ways with ice.

Nothing to those of you in the areas that have winter weather every year but an impact here in the South.

8 comments:

  1. Like a lot of things, snow is fun but can be dangerous. A message from this northerner: Stay warm!

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    1. I agree. I grew up in central Illinois and know how snow and ice can impact everything.

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  2. I just saw this on the news. They are calling for heads to roll, but seriously, whoever thought trucks would need chains in Georgia.

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    1. Well, every 3 to 5 years this happens and it was well predicted so actions could have been taken at all levels of government beforehand. Turns out the state's emergency plan doesn't even list notifying the public of the need to take action. The governor did send out one twitter LOL. The state government is responsible for all freeways BTW and that is where the most serious problems were. No heads will roll unfortunately.

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  3. I feel bad for y'all down there. We have been hit hard by the weather but we at least have the means to deal with it. My parents lived on a mountain in TN for about 10 years. There were times they were either stranded on the mountain for days OR they couldn't get up the mountain when bad weather hit--they would just have to wait it out. Hang in there Georgia!

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    1. Yes,your parents had some of the same kinds of problems we do. The worst problems here were caused by a state emergency plan that only addressed the exact kind of storm we had in 2011 which hit on a Sunday night and was ice mostly. It turns out there was no plan for a normal snowstorm or any plan to notify humans of what they should do. Since the freeways are state jurisdiction, the schools and other streets covered my multitudes of cities and counties, etc. no one took action in a way that helped the regional aspect of trying to drive from work to home or school to home. Yup, poor planning and management at all levels. We are home, dry and cozy though with Hubby off work again today.

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  4. You made the news down here - didn't look good far anyone in the area. The press conference looked similar to those we see when we have a heat wave and 'things happen'. How are things now? I realise it's only a few days on but have they improved at all?
    I do like your suggestions for aging, they are so similar to mine. Live Love Laugh and travel as much as possible!
    Take care
    Cathy

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    1. Thanks Cathy. It was warm enough today to melt a lot of it and I think tomorrow most, if not all, roads will be back to normal. I'm planning on heading out in the morning anyway!

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