By Special to the Daily World
From the Joint Operations Command Center at Atlanta’s Public Safety Headquartwers, Mayor Kasim Reed on Tuesday said the City has acquired additional equipment to handle “one of the worst storms in a decade.”
Since the snow and ice hit on Sunday night, Reed said the City of Atlanta government has been open and operating on a 24-hour basis to respond to the snow and ice storm and its aftermath. The Mayor expressed his appreciation that residents have heeded the call to put their safety first and remain indoors and off the roads.
“The City of Atlanta is working tirelessly to ensure that the roads are clear of ice and snow and I want to thank our residents for staying off the roads to help facilitate this process,” Reed said. “In one of the worst snow storms in a decade, we have expanded our fleet from 10 to 58 pieces of equipment and have been coordinating seamlessly across City departments and partnering with other jurisdictions to keep our streets safe.”
Reed added, “There are many streets in Atlanta which Georgia’s Department of Transportation would normally maintain and clear of snow and ice, but this is not a normal snow event. The City of Atlanta is now working on clearing streets usually maintained by GDOT such as Peachtree, Piedmont, Ponce and others because our citizens deserve and expect results and they don’t care whose responsibility it is.”
City crews have been focused on clearing priority one routes, such as bridges and roads leading to hospitals, and providing emergency and essential services to residents as needed. The City was aggressively working to clear more major roads and arterial routes in the city throughout the day, and brought in extra equipment from private contractors to ramp up attention to