Friday, January 14, 2011
City reported few traffic accidents, assessed trouble spots early.
Below-freezing temperatures kept metro-Atlanta drivers crawling on the city’s major roads after a historic snowstorm hit the Southeast Sunday night into Monday. Many people are understandably frustrated with the Georgia Department of Transportation and its response to clearing major roads and highways quickly. Wednesday, GDOT officials, who have come under blistering criticism, said 99 percent of all state roads were passable, with at least one lane open on every interstate route, but the outrage by many is still being heard. On Day 4 of what many are calling a "Snowmageddon," many metro-Atlanta residents are shaking their heads in disbelief and asking if GDOT was prepared for this mess. On the flip side, cities like Johns Creek that had a…
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
No weather-related accidents in Johns Creek have been reported since start of winter storm on Sunday.
"People are staying home," said Doug Nurse, Johns Creek's communications manager, explaining why no weather-related incidents had been responded to as of 1 p.m. Tuesday since the start of the winter blast. He also gave credit to the city's Public Works Department, whose staff are working 12-hour shifts salting and sanding key points and major thoroughfares. "We brought out a couple of road graders today, and they seem to be working to good effect," said Nurse, who was stationed in the city's Emergency Operations Center. He said city officials are concerned that residents will start to get cabin fever or run out of supplies and venture out as temperatures drop and ice begins forming again. But so far, "people are heeding the warnings." …
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1. Winter storm. Light freezing rain early this morning should move out and make way for partly cloudy skies tonight. Highs will reach 35. 2. City closings. Johns Creek City Hall and Municipal Court are closed today. 3. Snow day. Fulton County schools closed again today. 4. Power outages. Sawnee EMC customers can report power outages at 770-887-2363 or at www.sawnee.mobi/reportoutage.htm. Georgia Power customers can report outages at 1-888-891-0938. 5. Road watch. Northbound lane of Johns Creek Parkway south of McGinnis-Ferry will be closed all day through Jan. 14 due to discovery of an unmarked, paved-over manhole.
Snow and ice not going away soon; motorists urged to stay off roads.
The metro area is still reeling from the effects of the winter blast that came through Sunday evening and Monday. As temperatures remained below freezing, the snow and ice did not go away, creating havoc on area roadways and forcing schools, government offices and many businesses to remain closed on Tuesday.