Emergency responders have been focusing Thursday on getting abandoned cars off the road. According to the Georgia Emergency Management System (GEMA) drivers left behind more than 2,000 cars during the storm. For Barbara Anderson, the nightmare is almost over. The Georgia National Guard is helping her find her Pontiac after she abandoned it on the side of highway 285. “It was horrible. I still can’t get over the last two days. I couldn’t wait to get out of there,” said Anderson. Anderson says she left her home in Stone Mountain Tuesday afternoon headed to work in Dunwoody, but she never made it.
The winter storm that hit the city of Atlanta and the surrounding metro areas Tuesday afternoon has inspired acts of kindness from Georgians around the state. After the icy storm left more than thousands of people stuck in their cars gridlocked on metro Atlanta freeways, people took to social media to spread the word about the stranded commuters.
Savannah has become the first community in Georgia to offer a public bike sharing program. It’s starting small – just two stations and 16 bicycles. But organizers of the program CAT Bike say they hope to eventually expand the program, which is patterned after those in cities from Boston to Des Moines to Denver. Savannah’s Mayor Pro Tem Van Johnson says the city’s flat terrain and warm climate make it easily walkable and bikeable.
Traffic could be slower than normal around Robins Air Force Base this week. The military says exercises are beginning Monday to test readiness and emergency response at the central Georgia installation. Officials will evaluate the base's response to natural and manmade threats.
The cost to use interstate toll roads in metro Atlanta, which has been steadily rising in recent months, has hit a new record. WSB-TV reports that motorists during Friday morning's rush hour paid a record $6.35 to use the lanes.