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DEKALB THAWS OUT: Local cities respond to snow storm
by LaTria Garnigan
February 04, 2014 11:16 AM | 1483 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Annabelle Shim, 5, and her brother Lucas Shim, 2, both children of Jennifer Shim, play in the left over snow at Ashford Park.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Annabelle Shim, 5, and her brother Lucas Shim, 2, both children of Jennifer Shim, play in the left over snow at Ashford Park.
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Last week’s winter storm immobilized the metro Atlanta area, including DeKalb County.

There were hours-long commutes that led to nowhere, vehicle spinouts, collisions and those who had to abandon their cars eventually alongside the roads and highways and walk to safety and warmth.

Despite the traffic caused by the ice and snow, local municipalities and counties went to the aid of citizens to try and clear the roads as quickly and safely as possible.

In a video message released Friday, Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett thanked residents for listening to city officials on staying home and off the roads during the storm.

Beginning at 5 p.m. last Tuesday, Baskett said city public works crews spread about 30 tons of salt and sand on city streets.

City officials also handled 17 motorist assist calls, provided 16 courtesy transports and worked nine vehicle accidents — none of which were life-threatening.

“Our police officers, firefighters and volunteers also checked on more than 80 seniors and vulnerable members of our community,” said Baskett. “I’m grateful to report that everyone was okay.”

Baskett added the City Schools of Decatur students were able to make it home safely and the past few days have shown how important it is to have an emergency communications plan for both the city and individual families.

“I urge families to restock their emergency supplies and create a safety profile on smart911.com,” said Baskett.

In Brookhaven, Mayor J. Max Davis commended the city’s staff on a job well done in ensuring safety of its residents.

“Our staff did a wonderful job — they were prepared, they pretreated and worked long hours to make sure work to Brookhaven roads could be done,” he said.

Davis said public works crews put down 320 tons of sand and salt in four days. Public works treated more than 35 miles of primary and major secondary roads in the city, including Ashford Dunwoody and Johnson roads, Buford Highway, Clairmont and North Druid Hills roads, according to a news release.

Police officers also worked around the clock to ensure the safety of motorists, handling about 400 stranded and abandoned vehicles.

“I think we learned that being prepared like we were is the best policy,” said Davis. “I’m thankful to our city staff, city council and residents for being patient and most folks for staying indoors helped as well.”
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