(Closed) Atlanta is in a state of crisis…

posted 8 years ago in Atlanta
Post # 47
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@swanks4tw:  I was reading that Facebook group last night and this morning and it’s heartbreaking. 

Post # 48
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@littlemisst08:  I live on the 11th floor of a south facing building with floor to ceiling windows – and no central air (just a stupid little window unit) – when it hits 30 celcius (don’t know farenheight) it gets horribly hot in my apartment, it’s like a sauna some days.

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@cologirl:  Getting home from work isn’t the same thing as “going on a spin to see what happens”. Everyone was at work when this happened. It’s not as if we were all out there for the hell of it. And again, there’s not anywhere to buy cable chains out here. We wouldn’t know how to use them if we had them.

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@swanks4tw:  I’m glad your brother made it home safe! My FB feed was full of people in the situation your brother was in. One friend’s dad had to ditch his car and walk five miles to a Waffle House where he spent the night because all the hotels were booked. He think’s he’ll still be there until Friday.

Post # 50
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Pixie26:  I have a Mustang too! In Canada, it’s super practical. 😉 But I love it and I’ve had Mustangs for 8 years now with barely any winter issues. I obviously put winter tires on though! But my previous one didn’t even have traction control so I am a way better winter driver because of that I think. With my new one I feel like I could drive blindfolded since I’m so used to controlling everything myself. I love my car. 

Anyway, yes I also find it funny when southern cities practically shut down in cold weather. It’s all about what you’re used to. We would be screwed up here in a heat wave here because most homes don’t have a/c. 

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@DaneLady:  That really sucks, and it really upsets me that cities don’t think it’s worth the money to invest in snowplows, etc. Even if it doesn’t snow often, this is exactly why they should do it. Sure, it’s expensive, but when you’re talking about people being stuck on the roads overnight (and probably lots of injuries from accidents), I think it’s money the city should invest. If they’re not going to do that, they should be on top of the weather, and make emergency newscasts that people need to go home before it gets bad. When I mentioned the cable chains, part of the reason I think these rules should be set, is because people probably don’t even realize that they can keep a $50 set of chains in their car that will make it safe for them to drive home. 

It sounds like ATL is even worse, but Denver does a terrible job, and they have no excuse. They usually plow the highways, and leave the back roads to melt. That usually happens within a few days, but one winter, we had 2 huge storms in a row, and the snow didn’t melt for a month. All of the backroads had literally 6 inches of solid ice on them, and one set of tracks going through, so cars could only go one way. I’m sure some people with small cars just couldn’t get anywhere, and it totally destroyed everyone’s alignment. The mayor finally had them come in with heavy machinery and break up all of the ice. 

Post # 52
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Just soldifies my belief that people who aren’t used to driving the snow should stay off the roads.  They should of just had a snow day.  Other drivers are usually the reason for wrecks or pile ups, or they make it way worse than it ever needed to be.  It’s the same for people who are inexperience or people who think they are so experienced that they’re actually driving extremely dangerously.  Of course you need to be prepared (your car does) in the winter for snow and I doubt most of those people were. 

I’m sure they knew it was going to storm, why didn’t they just cancel schools/government for a day?  How could they not know there was going to be a storm?  Sorry, I haven’t followed the story very well so I might be missing something.

I lived in the south for awhile and some people are pretty dumb when it comes to weather, especially younger adults.  They’d just wear their regular clothes out in freezing temps because they didn’t own a coat.

Ice is worse than snow though, so I can understand closing down for that or that causing a lot of problems.  I’ve been on some black ice that’s been terrifying even though 90% of the road was perfectly fine.  You will end up in the ditch if you’re going over 15 mph.

Post # 53
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I understand it better now. I have to admit though, it sounded silly at first hearing that 2 inches of snow caused all of this when we have 15 inches where I live… I was confused. However, it makes sense that a city like that is not seasoned to snow preparation and removal because it’s pretty much never needed. Hopefully everyone stays safe and WARM and this mess gets cleared up.

Post # 54
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@legenwaitforitdary:  I appologize if my comment came across incorrectly.  All I meant was that I have a hard time understanding panic over 2″ of snow when we get that daily.  I also laugh at people here in Toronto who panic over snow as where I’m from 30inches overnight is fairly common.  It’s difficult for people who live it with this weather daily to appreciate how this really affects places who don’t ever get snow.

 

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee

@cologirl:  There was nothing happening in the morning. People were waiting to see. I’m lucky in that my boss let me go home before the first snowflake. North Carolina’s governor has declared it a state of emergency but my husband’s boss expected him to go in (he did not), and my very good friend’s boss picked her up even though she could have worked from home. I used to work for a CPA and honestly, the only excuse not too come in during tax season was your own death. 

Why would we need chains if we only get snow once every 2-3 years? 

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

@MsGinkgo:  To my understanding the snow wasn’t the problem, it is the ice.. That’s a little different. 

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Pinkmoon:  my stang has been gone for a few years…i dont know what kind of tires here are legal? but i never even thought of changing them to winter tires. UGH and i miss it so much lol but in any case, it made me a way better winter driver too since i was always trying to get it out of snow in a street parking space (u really figure out a thing or 2 about different gears!) or compensating for the back sliding all over the place!

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@kes18:  Most school systems make the call whether to cancel school by 5-5:30 am so that parents will know what to do. At 5am yesterday morning, the NWS was saying that we would have less than an inch over about an eight hour period. We wound up having about an inch in the first half hour and it turned to ice pretty much instantly. We DIDN’T know that this was going to happen; it was supposed to hit south of Atlanta, and that’s where the state focused their efforts. My house wasn’t even supposed to see snow and we have 5 inches.

People aren’t going to just stay put when their families (children especially) are stranded.

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@MRSsrm85:  I’m not saying that every citizen of Atlanta needed to know that bad weather was coming. I’m saying that if the city chooses to not have any system for clearing the roads in the event of a storm, they should have been watching the weather forecast and closed the city. Any boss who tries to make someone come in when the city is closed should be prosecuted. 

In response to your question, “Why would we need chains if we only get snow once every 2-3 years?,” I’d say you need them so you don’t get stuck on the highway for 18 hours in the event of a storm. Otherwise, don’t go to work if snow is in the forecast. 

Post # 60
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Pixie26:  Haha yah! It kind of makes winter driving like a game. A game that we are winning at!

Post # 61
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I hate winter !! Its been -50 with the windchill all week where I live in Wisconsin although the snow doesn’t faze us too much here… it still sucks. Hang in there!

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