Of course, in and around Atlanta roads, as you heard from Rob, are treacherous. Businesses are shut down. Schools are still closed.
Our Martin Savidge is in the elements paralyzing the city.
Officials knew Atlanta wasn't prepared for the storm. In fact, over the years the city has made a conscious decision not to be ready.
Historically, what's been the attitude of the city when it comes to snow or ice?
Well, I mean, when I was a boy growing up here it was, it was a day off. A day or two off but now that I'm mayor that's fundamentally different.
Atlanta has relied on two basic facts. Southern snowstorms are rare and the best way to get rid of the snow is to simply let it melt. That logic fails about once a decade. This time, the city remained shut down for days as roads became impassable. In fact, the roads are still so bad I couldn't get to the experts I wanted to interview so I called them.
Do we have any idea of what this snow event for the city of Atlanta may cost?
No, not right now.
All right. Nasty stuff. Martin Savidge there. So Atlanta leaders say they have seized upon one strategy that's used by snow-challenged cities in the north. They have scrambled to higher and mobilized private contractors to try and clear those streets.
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