January 30, 2014 by King Quan, under Life, Miscellaneous, Thoughts.
For the 1st big news story to come out of Atlanta, Ga., on January 28, 2014, a snow storm was predicted to hit. According to the state governor and the mayor of Atlanta, the forecast wasn’t accurate. Despite that, I had heard that very morning that a snow storm was coming. I’m not sure how they didn’t know…maybe they don’t pick up the local Fox 5 news broadcast. They interviewed a representative of the GA Department of Transportation, who stated that they were ready to put trucks wherever they were needed. In my honest opinion, they should’ve been already on the road putting salt and sand on the roads BEFORE the snow fell. No?
For some reason, no one in my company made a decision for us to leave early until it was a little too late. We were able to leave around 1:00 pm. By that time, it had been snowing for about 2-3 hours. Not hard in the beginning, but by that 2nd and 3rd hour…it was enough to shut the city & highways DOWN!!! I was fortunate. After hearing about all of the roads around where I work, being shut down and how all of the traffic was slow…I didn’t see any of that. I took the street and made it home in about 30-40 minutes. A little longer than usual, but without any incidents.
The same cannot be said for the hundreds of people who were stuck on the highways in the metro Atlanta area. Some people spent more than 10-15 hours in their cars, stuck in traffic. People were left to seek refuge inside of drug stores, grocery stores and hardware stores. Children were stuck to spend hours and the night at their schools and in school buses. I cannot start to know what it was like to go through what they experienced. I’m grateful that my family and I were safe @ home.
One thing that I can say is that I’m proud of how the city of Atlanta rallied and looked out for one another. There were people who went out to give out snacks, water, hot chocolate to people who were stuck. Someone on Facebook started a page called Snowed Out Atlanta, which was used for people to post on and let people know that they were stranded…where they were stranded and what their status was. This paged helped others who could get around in these conditions to find and rescue them. There were even other versions of this page created. There were so many people who were posting to this page that Facebook actually called the woman who started this page and told her that they couldn’t handle all of the posts. CRAZY!!
That started Tuesday and since then, schools and my job have been closed. I think that tomorrow (Friday), I’ll be headed back to work (even though I hope to get that final day off as well…lol). I’m not sure what is in store for this city if we get hit with more snow, but just like this time, I’ll make sure that my family is inside…safe and sound. I suggest you do the same.
What did you experience during the 2014 Atlanta SnowStorm? Did you get stuck? Did you help someone who was stuck? Were you safe and sound in your home watching the news?