Recovering from the Snowpocalypse

Two days after a projected half-inch of snow struck the South, crippling schools, businesses, and government employees, many roads are still impassable. Although officials and volunteers have worked tirelessly to make the Atlanta region drivable, abandoned cars still line the streets—streets that are, in many cases, solid sheets of ice. Officials are advising people to stay indoors until today’s forecasted sunshine can break up the ice and snow, making driving conditions less hazardous. The 2014 “snowpocalypse” has been a lesson in community support, sharing shelter, and perseverance in the face of adversity. It has also reminded Cherokee County just how little we know about traversing winter roads.

Rescuing Abandoned Cars

Many Woodstock residents were forced to abandon their cars after hours trapped in traffic gridlocks. As of Thursday morning, authorities advise Georgia residents not to rescue their cars as the Georgia State Patrol and National Guard begin to clear the roads. Vehicles blocking traffic lanes are being towed off highways, but many cars remain untouched. When it’s deemed safe to rescue your vehicle, remember:

  • Whether you’re walking or catching a ride, bring a friend or family member
  • Bring a can of gasoline
  • Brush up on winter driving tips before you attempt to get home

Preparing for Next Time

tire chainsSnowpocalypse 2014 may have reminded us just how well Georgians respond to unexpected crises, but there’s no reason not to prepare for another winter storm. Pack your car with emergency roadside winter supplies like blankets, boots, nonperishable food and water, flares, and road salt. Read up on winter driving tips to prevent spinning out on frozen roads. And give thanks for the folks in Woodstock who towed cars up hills, brought food and hot drinks to stranded motorists, and reminded us all why it’s great to live in the South.

Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail is currently closed for cold weather, but when the temperature warms, we’ll be back in business to help Cherokee County wash away the mud, ice, and stress of the Woodstock winter storm.

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